Reactive Material Balances: Summary
Key points from this module:
- Reactive material balances can be carried out using molecular species balances, extents of reaction, or atomic species balances.
- When multiple reactions occur, each reaction has its own extent of reaction.
- When calculating degrees of freedom, a common constraint is that the ratio of species does not change with extent of reaction. For example, products may form in a 2:1 ratio, and if those products are not involved in other reactions, then the ratio is always two and this decreases the degrees of freedom.
- Stoichiometric coefficients are positive for products and negative for reactants.
From studying this module, you should now be able to:
- Calculate degrees of freedom for material balances of multiple reactions.
- Use extents of reaction to calculate the amounts of products and reactants when multiple reactions take place.
- Solve reactive material balance problems for multiple reactions using:
- molecular species balances
- extent of reaction
- atomic species balances
Prepared by John L. Falconer, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder