Study on catalytic performance and attrition strength of the Ruhrchemie catalyst for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis in a stirred tank slurry reactor Academic Article uri icon


  • Activity and selectivity of H 2, CO, syngas pretreated and non-pretreated Ruhrchemie catalyst (100 Fe/5 Cu/4.2 K/25 SiO 2 on mass basis) used for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) were studied in a stirred tank slurry reactor (STSR). Catalyst activity was the highest after the CO and H 2 pretreatments, whereas the non-pretreated catalyst was the least active. Methane selectivities on the CO, syngas reduced and unreduced catalysts were similar (3.9-4.3 wt.%), and lower than that on the H 2 reduced catalyst (5.3%). Liquid plus wax (C 5+ hydrocarbons) selectivity was high in all four tests (80%). The H 2 reduced catalyst produced less olefins and had the highest 2-olefin selectivity, whereas the non-pretreated and CO pretreated catalysts had the highest olefin content and the lowest 2-olefin selectivity. Attrition strength of the Ruhrchemie catalyst after 429 h of FTS was found to be adequate under severe hydrodynamic conditions encountered in the STSR. Reduction in the volume moment diameter was 14.3%, whereas, increase in fraction of particles smaller than 10 m was only 2.6%. 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Ma, W. P., Ding, Y. J., Vazquez, V., & Bukur, D. B.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Ma, WP||Ding, YJ||Vazquez, VHC||Bukur, DB

publication date

  • August 2004