An additional Wright Project at YSU involves research collaboration with Catacel. Catacel Corp. has recently developed a compact flexible fuel reformer (FFR) based on an accordion-style corrugated metal foil heat exchanger; the exchanger is a standardized low-cost foil module that can tolerate temperatures up to 900˚C. Researchers from YSU will be working with Catacel engineers to improve their understanding of catalyst stability, a key step in the commercialization of the heat exchange platform system for use in fuel processing. Without knowledge of the performance of these catalysts for extended periods of time under real operating conditions, Catacel cannot provide performance guarantees to its customers. Enhancement of existing systems and construction of additional test units will be completed and transferred to YSU through the funding from this project, and these units will be used for extended time testing of selected catalyst systems.
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