Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 59, Issue 10–12, pp 887–894 | Cite as

Structured Foam Reactor with CuSSZ-13 Catalyst for SCR of NOx with Ammonia

  • J. Kryca
  • M. Iwaniszyn
  • M. Piątek
  • P. J. Jodłowski
  • R. Jędrzejczyk
  • R. Pędrys
  • A. Wróbel
  • J. Łojewska
  • A. Kołodziej


In this paper, both a structured catalyst based on FeCrAl (Kanthal) foam with in situ synthesized CuSSZ-13 and powder CuSSZ-13 were prepared and tested in NH3-SCR. The kinetic data derived at diffusion-free parameters window were combined with mass transport and pressure drop correlations (experiments from our previous work [1]) for three typical reactor packings: FeCrAl (Kanthal) foam, monoliths and packed beds with two latters used as a references. Based on correlations derived the three packings were compared in terms of pressure drop and reactor length. For the assumed evaluation criteria of 90 % of NOx conversion the simulations show that the packed bed reactor is beyond the comparison with the structured reactors. The foam reactor can demonstrate low pressure drop that is comparable to the monoliths and can be shorter than the monolithic one. The findings confirm high mass and heat transport parameters of metal foams.


Metal foam CuSSZ-13 NH3-SCR Heat transfer Mass transfer 

List of Symbols


Pre-exponential coefficient in Arrhenius equation (s−1)


Nitrogen oxide concentration (mol m−3)


Effective diffusivity in porous media (m2 s−1)


Pore diameter in foam (m)


Strut diameter in foam (m)


Particle (sphere) diameter (m)


Hydraulic diameter (m)


Activation energy (kJ mol−1)


Flow rate of NO (mol s−1)


Fanning friction factor


Kinetic rate constants of reaction (s−1)


Mass transfer coefficient (s−1)


Length of reactor (m)


Mass of a catalyst (g)


Pressure drop across the reactor (kPa)


Kinetic rate (mol s−1m−2)


Gas constant (J K−1mol−1)


Reynolds number, Re = w0 Dfoam ρ η−1


Schmidt number, Sc = η ρ−1 D A −1


Sherwood number, Sh = kC Dfoam D A −1


External surface area (m−1)


Temperature (K)


Superficial velocity (m s−1)


Reactor volume (m3)



Greek Letters




Catalyst effectiveness factor


Gas density (kg m−3)



This work was supported by Polish National Science Centre No. 2013/09/B/ST8/00171. The PhD dissertation of Joanna Kryca was financed by the Polish National Science Center based on the decisions No. 2014/12/T/ST8/00674. The catalyst was synthesized and characterized within the BRIDGE Programme Grant (No. 2010-1/4) within the Foundation for Polish Science, co-financed by the EU Structured Funds. The authors would also like to thank Sachem Inc. for supplying the adamantium hydroxide used to synethesise SSZ-13 zeolite. The research was carried out with the equipment purchased thanks to the financial support of the European Regional Development Fund in the framework of the Polish Innovation Economy Operational Program (Contract No. POIG.02.01.00-12-023/08).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Kryca
    • 1
    • 4
  • M. Iwaniszyn
    • 1
  • M. Piątek
    • 1
  • P. J. Jodłowski
    • 2
  • R. Jędrzejczyk
    • 3
  • R. Pędrys
    • 5
  • A. Wróbel
    • 5
  • J. Łojewska
    • 4
  • A. Kołodziej
    • 1
    • 6
  1. 1.Institute of Chemical EngineeringPolish Academy of SciencesGliwicePoland
  2. 2.Faculty of Chemical Engineering and TechnologyCracow University of TechnologyKrakówPoland
  3. 3.Malopolska Centre of BiotechnologyKrakówPoland
  4. 4.Faculty of ChemistryJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland
  5. 5.Institute of PhysicsJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland
  6. 6.Faculty of Civil EngineeringOpole University of TechnologyOpolePoland

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