Thermal and mass transients in the developing region of a homogeneous tubular chemical reactor



The current investigation presents a finite difference simulation of a homogeneous tubular reactor under laminar flow conditions. The present simulation considers the unsteady operation where transients in flow hydrodynamics, temperature field, and species concentrations have been considered. Flow development in the entrance region of the present reactor has been considered. Present results exhibit reactant concentration and mixing cup temperature profiles for a variety of operating conditions. Effects of several parameters on the performance of the current reactor have been examined, including, reaction parameter, order of reaction, and Schmidt number. © 2009 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 2009