Modelling the Formation of N2O and NO2 in the Thermal De-NOx Process

  • J. A. Miller
  • P. Glarborg
Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 61)


We have formulated a chemical kinetic model for the Thermal De-NOx process that satisfactorily predicts the NO removed and the N2O and NO2 produced by the process over a range of temperatures and initial oxygen concentrations. The new feature of the mechanism is that NO2 appears as an essential intermediate in the reaction scheme. It is formed as a consequence of NNH reacting with molecular oxygen,
$$ \rm NNH+O_2\leftrightarrow N_2+HO_2 $$
$$ \rm HO_2+NO\leftrightarrow NO_2+OH, $$
and is converted back to NO by
$$ \rm NH_2+NO_2\leftrightarrow H_2NO+NO, $$
followed by H2NO ↔ HNO ↔ NO. Nitrous oxide is produced by two different reactions,
$$ \rm NH_2+NO_2\leftrightarrow N_2O+H_2O $$
$$ {\rm and}\ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \rm NH+NO\leftrightarrow N_2O+H. $$
The first is the primary source at high oxygen concentrations and the second is dominant for low O2 levels. The branching fraction of the NH2 + NO reaction (i.e. the fraction that produces NNH + OH) used in the model is α = 7.08 × 10−4 T0.9, which above room temperature is somewhat higher than direct experimental determinations. The lifetime of NNH employed is τNNH = 10−7 sec, which is less than the upper limit set by experiment but still larger than the best theoretical prediction. All these points are discussed in detail.


Nitric Oxide Potential Energy Surface Rate Coefficient Nitrogen Dioxide Cyanuric Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Miller
    • 1
  • P. Glarborg
    • 2
  1. 1.Combustion Research FacilitySandia National LaboratoriesLivermoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringTechnical University of DenmarkLyngbyDenmark

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