Adiabatic Fixed-Bed Reactors

Adiabatic Fixed-Bed Reactors

Practical Guides in Chemical Engineering

1st Edition - August 15, 2014

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  • Author: Jonathan Worstell
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128014660
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128013069

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Practical Guides in Chemical Engineering are a cluster of short texts that each provides a focused introductory view on a single subject. The full library spans the main topics in the chemical process industries that engineering professionals require a basic understanding of. They are ‘pocket publications’ that professional engineers can easily carry with them or access electronically while working. Each text is highly practical and applied, and presents first principles for engineers who need to get up to speed in a new area fast. The focused facts provided in each guide will help you converse with experts in the field, attempt your own initial troubleshooting, check calculations, and solve rudimentary problems. Adiabatic Fixed-bed Reactors covers the fundamentals of fixed-bed reactors, including various types and their physical properties. Applications of each device type are discussed, as well as trouble-shooting Solid-supported Catalysts. This text is ideal for any engineer who is new to working with fixed-bed reactors and needs to know the basics quickly and easily.

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Table of Contents

    • Dedication
    • Chapter 1. Introduction
      • 1.1 Slow Reactions and Catalysts
      • 1.2 Fixed-Bed Reactor Classification
      • 1.3 Processes Operating Fixed-Bed Reactors
      • 1.4 Operation of Fixed-Bed Reactors
      • 1.5 Summary
      • References
    • Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Fixed-Bed Reactors
      • 2.1 Analysis of Fixed-Bed Reactors
      • 2.2 Impact of Diffusion
      • 2.3 Implication of Flow Regimes and Rate Controlling Mechanisms
      • 2.4 Identification of Rate Controlling Regimes
      • 2.5 Implications of Controlling Rate Regimes
      • 2.6 Temperature Dependence of Controlling Regimes
      • 2.7 Design of Fixed-Bed Reactors
      • 2.8 Summary
      • References
    • Chapter 3. Catalyst Deactivation
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 Solid-Supported Catalyst Deactivation
      • 3.3 Catalyst Deactivation by Chemical Mechanisms
      • 3.4 Catalyst Deactivation by Thermal Mechanisms
      • 3.5 Catalyst Deactivation by Mechanical Mechanisms
      • 3.6 Solid Bases and Neutral Solids
      • 3.7 Silica–Alumina Oxide Catalysts
      • 3.8 Bifunctional Solid-Supported Catalysts
      • 3.9 Reaction Schemes for Catalyst Deactivation
      • 3.10 Catalyst Deactivation Parameter
      • 3.11 Wave Front or Stream-Time Poisoning
      • 3.12 Selectivity and Catalyst Deactivation
      • 3.13 Summary
      • References
    • Chapter 4. Improving Fixed-Bed Reactor Performance
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Improving Product Formation Rate
      • 4.3 Improving Product Selectivity—Monofunctional Catalysts
      • 4.4 Improving Product Selectivity—Bifunctional Catalysts
      • 4.5 Summary
      • References
    • Chapter 5. Scaling Fixed-Bed Reactors
      • 5.1 Introduction
      • 5.2 Models
      • 5.3 Similarity
      • 5.4 Theory of Models
      • 5.5 Scaling Adiabatic Fixed-Bed Reactors
      • 5.6 Scaling Pressure Drop Through a Catalyst Mass
      • 5.7 Summary
      • References
    • Chapter 6. Regeneration of Solid-Supported Catalysts
      • 6.1 Introduction
      • 6.2 To Regenerate or Not to Regenerate—That Is the Question
      • 6.3 Regeneration of Coked Solid-Supported Catalyst
      • 6.4 Summary
      • References
    • Appendix. Foundation of Dimensional Analysis
      • A.1 Introduction
      • A.2 Developing Dimensional Analysis
      • A.3 Foundation of Method of Indices
      • A.4 Dimensional Homogeneity
      • A.5 Matrix Formulation of Dimensional Analysis
      • A.6 Identifying Variables for Dimensional Analysis
      • A.7 Summary
      • References

Product details

  • No. of pages: 150
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2014
  • Published: August 15, 2014
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128014660
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128013069

About the Author

Jonathan Worstell

Jonathan Worstell
Jonathan Worstell earned his Physics degree from Northwestern University then switched to the chemical sciences, earning an MS in Chemistry from Ball State University and a PhD in Applied Chemistry from Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Worstell worked at Eli Lilly and Company and Northwestern University Medical School prior to starting a thirty year career in the petrochemical industry. After retiring from the petrochemical industry, he began an academic career at University of Houston where he teaches senior level chemical engineering courses. Dr. Worstell also consults with several global petrochemical companies.

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Shell Chemical Company, Houston, TX, USA

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