On singular policies in the optimal distribution of a bifunctional catalyst: Part I. Effect of reaction kinetics



Results are presented on the affects of kinetic changes on optimal, bifunctional, catalyst distribution policies for a consecutive two-reaction sequence in a plug flow tubular reactor. Earlier results on singular control arising from reversible reactions are extended to include inhibition or activation. These may arise from the affects of any reactant or product on the rate or from a subsequent or preceding reaction in a sequence. The system equations are written in dimensionless form to provide efficient computations and to allow analytic interpretation of numerical results from previous studies.