Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry B

, Volume 10, Issue 8, pp 1237–1243 | Cite as

Conversion of tar in a counter flow of supercritical water at a temperature varying along the reactor axis

  • O. N. Fedyaeva
  • M. Ya. Sokol
  • A. A. Vostrikov


The article reports the conversion of tar (empirical formula CH1.47N0.01S0.007) continuously introduced into a counter flow of supercritical water (SCW) at 30 MPa in a tubular reactor with a temperature gradient along its vertical axis (450°C at the top and 650°C at the bottom). The yields of liquid products and volatile (C1–C9) hydrocarbons are 41.4 and 28.4%, respectively, relative to the weight of tar supplied into the reactor. Methane is the major component (40.5 mol %) of the volatile products, and the liquid products are dominated by oils (74.4 wt %). Deasphaltization and desulfurization of tar conversion products are observed. The average rate of water decomposition calculated from the quantity of O atoms in the conversion products is 0.24 g/min. Use of counter flows of the reactants in combination with a temperature gradient along the reactor axis affords a higher yield of low-boiling hydrocarbons than in the case of SCW pumping through a tar layer.


tar supercritical water desulfurization deasphaltization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. N. Fedyaeva
    • 1
  • M. Ya. Sokol
    • 1
  • A. A. Vostrikov
    • 1
  1. 1.Kutateladze Institute of Thermophysics, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia

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