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Fixed bed catalytic reactor modelling—the radial heat transfer problem

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  • Anthony G. Dixon

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    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-2280
    • Department of Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-2280
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Abstract

An interpretation of the state-of-the-art in modelling radial heat transfer in fixed bed catalytic reactors is presented. The persistence of the classical krhw model is discussed, problems with typical approaches to obtaining and analysing experimental heat transfer data to get kr and hw are explained, current correlations for kr are evaluated and the contentious history of hw is elaborated. A brief discussion of alternatives to the krhw approach and their pros and cons is attempted, and the review is concluded by a look at computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in fixed bed radial heat transfer modelling. © 2011 Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering

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