This book describes how modeling fluid flow in chemical reactors may offer solutions that improve design, operation, and performance of reactors. Chemical reactors are any vessels, tubes, pipes, or tanks in which chemical reactions take place. Computational Flow Modeling for Chemical Reactor Engineering will show the reactor engineer how to define the specific roles of computational flow modeling, select appropriate tools, and apply these tools to link reactor hardware to reactor performance. Overall methodology is illustrated with numerous case studies. Industry has invested substantial funds in computational flow modeling which will pay off only if it can be used to realize significant performance enhancement in chemical reactors. No other single source exists which provides the information contained in this book.


Chemical engineers in industry and research laboratories; academic researchers and their students in reactor engineering.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
1. Reactor Engineering and Flow Modeling

II. Computational Flow Modeling
2. Mathematical Modeling of Flow Processes
3. Turbulent Flow Processes
4. Multiphase Flow Processes
5. Reactive Flow Processes
6. Numerical Solution of Model Equations
7. Numerical Solution of Complex Flow Models
8. Computational Tools for Simulating Flow Processes

9. Flow Modeling for Reactor Engineering

IV. Applications 10. Stirred Reactors
11. Bubble Column Reactors
12. Fluidized Bed Reactors
13. Fixed Bed and Other Types of Reactors

V. Epilogue
14. Epilogue


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About the editor

Vivek Ranade

Dr Vivek V Ranade is a Deputy Director of CSIR - National Chemical Laboratory ( and Chairman of Chemical Engineering and Process Development Division. He has contributed significantly to chemical engineering science and practice. His work has resulted in new insights and better designs of industrial flow processes. He has successfully developed solutions and has facilitated their implementation in a wide range of industry. He has also developed various devices (micro-reactors, filters, vortex diodes) and products. He is currently leading a large program on process intensification entitled Indus MAGIC ( which is aimed at developing MAGIC (modular, agile, intensified and continuous) processes and plants. He has established first of its kind industry consortium on process intensification (Indus CPI) at NCL. He is actively working with a wide range of fine and specialty chemicals industries to transform the way we manufacture these chemicals. Dr Ranade is a Professor at Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research ( and an Adjunct Professor at ICT (formerly UDCT: He also worked at ETH, Zurich; TU Delft and University of Twente, The Netherlands as guest researcher. He has published more than 125 papers and five books. He is co-inventor of more than 20 patents (granted or filed). He is an Associate Editor of ‘Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research’ and serves on editorial boards of ‘Chemical Engineering Research & Design’ and ‘Indian Chemical Engineer’ journals. He is a recipient of several awards including Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award and DST Swarna Jayanti Fellowship. He is a fellow of Indian National Academy Sciences, Indian National Academy of Engineering and Indian Academy of Sciences. He is also an entrepreneur and has co-founded technology based start-up companies: Tridiagonal Solutions (; Vivira Process Technologies Pvt. Ltd. ( D Ranade p