Parametric sensitivity in fixed-bed catalytic reactors: The role of interparticle transfer resistances

Authors

  • Massimo Morbidelli,

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

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    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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Abstract

The parameteric sensitivity behavior of a plug-flow catalytic fixed-bed reactor with negligible intraparticle mass and heat transfer resistances is examined for any positive-order irreversible reaction. By combining information about multiplicity and runaway, a complete picture of the steady state reactor behavior is obtained. Calculations of the parametrically sensitive region for various values of the involved dimensionless parameters are reported.

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