05209906 is referenced by 38 patents and cites 18 patents.

A compact modular isothermal reactor for converting a feedstock such as methanol into a fuel usable in power generation systems, such as electrochemical fuel cells, is provided. The reactor includes a sealing plate, a baffle plate having heat transfer surfaces extending toward the sealing plate, and a housing having an interior substantially circumscribing the heat transfer surfaces The cooperating surfaces of the sealing plate, baffle plate, heat transfer surfaces and housing interior define a labyrinthine channel for containing a suitable quantity of solid catalyst and through which feedstock flows. The cooperating surfaces of a fluid flow plate and the baffle plate define a flow passage for carrying a thermal fluid. Heat is transferred from the thermal fluid to the feedstock by the heat transfer surfaces. In two alternative designs, thermally conductive pins extending from the baffle plate or a pair of spaced folded thermally conductive plates transfer heat to the interior of a catalyst containment vessel. In an optional heat exchange section, the feedstock is preheated before being directed to the reactor.

Title
Modular isothermal reactor
Application Number
7/698666
Publication Number
5209906
Application Date
May 10, 1991
Publication Date
May 11, 1993
Inventor
Donald A Lines
Vancouver
CA
Eric G Pow
Vancouver
CA
David S Watkins
Coquitlam
CA
Agent
McAndrews Held & Malloy
Assignee
Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada represented by the Minister of National Defence
CA
IPC
F28D 3/12
F28D 7/00
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