Safe design and operation of tank reactors for multiple-reaction networks: uniqueness and multiplicity

K.R. Westerterp, E.J. Westerink

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    A method is developed to design a tank reactor in which a network of reactions is carried out. The network is a combination of parallel and consecutive reactions. The method ensures unique operation. Dimensionless groups are used which are either representative of properties of the reaction system or exclusively of the design and operating variables. In a plot of the optimal yield vs the dimensionless operating temperature the region is indicated where operation under conditions of uniqueness is feasible. The method is illustrated with an example: the air oxidation of benzene of maleic anhydride.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)307-316
    JournalChemical engineering science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1990


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