Simulation and experimental study on the sulfuric acid decomposition process of SI cycle for hydrogen production

Jaedeuk Park, Jae Hyun Cho, Heon Jung, Kwang Deog Jung, Satish Kumar, Il Moon

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This work is concerned with customization of the existing electrolyte thermodynamic model for process simulation and experimental studies on the sulfuric acid decomposition process of the SI cycle, using a commercial steady state simulator. An electrolyte thermodynamic model for the sulfuric acid-water system was tailored with four candidates available in commercial software, utilizing data from Perry's Handbook. Simulation of the sulfuric acid decomposition process comprising a flash separator, distillation column and decomposer was validated with the experimental results. To facilitate the lumped-parameter steady-state model-based simulation of sulfuric acid decomposition, the decomposer was conceptually decoupled into three sections: evaporation, H2SO4 dissociation, and SO3 catalytic reduction to SO2. The process simulation results exhibited good agreement with experimental data. This work contributes to future work on simulation and experimental study of a scaled-up process system and exergy analysis for an optimal energy-efficient sulfuric acid decomposition process in the SI cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5507-5516
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May 10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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