Convection, diffusion, and exothermic zero-order reaction in a porous catalyst slab: Scaling and perturbation analysis

Authors

  • João P. Lopes,

    1. Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, Associate Laboratory LSRE/LCM, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
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  • Silvana S. S. Cardoso,

    Corresponding author
    1. Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3RA, U.K
    • Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3RA, U.K
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  • Alírio E. Rodrigues

    1. Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, Associate Laboratory LSRE/LCM, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
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Abstract

The analysis of the interaction between transport phenomena and chemical reaction inside large-pore catalyst particles needs to include intraparticular convection as an additional mass/heat transfer mechanism. In this work, we describe by a 3D regime diagram the global behavior of a permeable catalyst slab, where an exothermic, zero-order reaction is occurring. An order of magnitude estimate for the maximum temperature change is obtained by scaling techniques in each regime of operation. Specific operating regimes of fast mass/heat transport, dominant reaction and strong intraparticular convection, are then studied in more detail using perturbation analysis. The results include approximate concentration and temperature profiles, which allow the estimation of both the effectiveness factor and maximum temperature attained inside the catalyst in these regimes. © 2009 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 2009

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