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Selection of Optimum Chemical Reactor Design

Housam Binous
Organization: KFUPM
Department: Chemical Engineering
URL: http://sites.google.com/site/homepageofdrhousambinous/
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In the notebook Reactor_SetUp.nb, we choose the best reactor setup among three alternatives: (1) a plug flow reactor with recycle, (2) a combination of a plug flow reactor and a stirred tank reactor in series and (3) two stirred tank reactors in series. This problem was solved graphically by O. Levenspiel in Chemical Reaction Engineering, 3rd Edition, Wiley, 1999 (Example 6.3 page 144). In the present notebook, we show how one can accurately solve the same problem with the numerical and graphical capabilities of Mathematica. We find similar results and conclusions as the ones given by Professor Levenspiel. In fact, It is configuration (2) that gives the smallest size of reactors.

*Engineering > Chemical Engineering
*Science > Chemistry

Plug flow reactor, stirred tank reactor, plug flow reactor with recycle, optimum, chemical reactor design
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Reactor_SetUp.nb (218.8 KB) - Mathematica Notebook [for Mathematica 5.0]