Material & Energy Balances in a Reactor with Heat Exchange
This simulation calculates material and energy balances for a reactor with heat transfer. The reaction A + B –> C, is acetylene (A) hydrogenation to ethylene (C), where B is H2. The feed rate of A is fixed at 100 mol/h, and the feed rates of H2 and an inert I are changed with sliders. Either the extent of reaction or the outlet temperature can be used to change the conversion of A. If the “extent of reaction” is chosen, then changing heat removal with the slider changes the outlet temperature. If “outlet temperature” is chosen, then the values of outlet temperature and heat removal selected determine the conversion. If the extent of reaction is restricted by the limiting reagent B, the process indicates when conditions are not possible. If the outlet temperature is below 0°C or above 1,000°C, the message “unrealistic operating conditions” appears.
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This simulation was made at the University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Authors: Michael Wrobel, Neil Hendren, Rachael L. Baumann
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