Parametric sensitivity and runaway in tubular reactors

Authors

  • Massimo Morbidelli,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556
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  • Arvind Varma

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556
    • Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556
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    • During the course of this work M. Morbidelli was on leave from Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy.


Abstract

Parametric sensitivity of tubular reactors is analyzed to provide critical values of the heat of reaction and heat transfer parameters defining runaway and stable operations for all positive-order exothermic reactions with finite activation energies, and for all reactor inlet temperatures. Evaluation of the critical values does not involve any trial and error.

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