Kinetic study of propane aromatization over Zn/HZSM-5 zeolite under conditions of catalyst deactivation using genetic algorithm

Abbas Roshanaei, Seyed Mehdi Alavi


Kinetic studies of propane aromatization reaction over Zn/HZSM-5 catalyst at temperature of 500-560 °C and space velocity of 500-2500 cm3 gcat-1 h-1 in a plug flow reactor under catalyst deactivating conditions were performed. A lumped kinetic model consisting of six lumped components and six reaction steps was proposed to describe aromatization of propane. The kinetic model involves 18 kinetic parameters and one catalyst deactivation constant. The reaction steps orders were obtained by power law model. Frequency factors and apparent activation energies of reaction steps were calculated based on the Arrhenius equation. An exponential function depending on time-on-stream was applied for the catalyst deactivation model and the kinetic parameters were calculated via genetic algorithm. The kinetic results indicated that lumped kinetic model can well estimate the products yields of propane aromatization.


kinetic modeling; conversion of propane to aromatics; lump; Zn/HZSM-5 catalyst; deactivation of catalyst

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