In this study, the reaction mechanism of ethane and the reaction rate equation suitable for hydrocarbon reforming were studied. Through the reaction mechanism analysis, it was confirmed that three reactions (CO2 + H2, C2H6 + H2, C2H6 + H2O) proceed during the reforming reaction of ethane, each reaction rate (CO2+H2(r = 3.42 × 10-5molgcat.-1 s-1), C2H6+H2(r = 3.18 × 10-5 mol gcat.-1s-1), C2H6+H2O(r = 1.84 × 10-5 mol gcat.-1s-1)) was determined. It was confirmed that the C2H6 + H2O reaction was a rate determining step (RDS). And the reaction equation of this reaction can be expressed as r = kS * (KAKBPC2H6PH2O) / (1 + KAPC2H6 + KBPH2O) (KA = 2.052, KB = 6.384, kS = 0.189 × 10-2) through the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. The obtained equation was compared with the derived power rate law without regard to the reaction mechanism and the power rate law was relatively similar fitting in the narrow concentration change region (about 2.5-4% of ethane, about 60-75% of water) It was confirmed that the LH model reaction equation based on the reaction mechanism shows a similar value to the experimental value in the wide concentration change region.