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2nd Edition

Introduction to Chemical Reactor Analysis

ISBN 9781439867006
Published October 5, 2012 by CRC Press
564 Pages 164 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Introduction to Chemical Reactor Analysis, Second Edition introduces the basic concepts of chemical reactor analysis and design, an important foundation for understanding chemical reactors, which play a central role in most industrial chemical plants. The scope of the second edition has been significantly enhanced and the content reorganized for improved pedagogical value, containing sufficient material to be used as a text for an undergraduate level two-term course. This edition also contains five new chapters on catalytic reaction engineering.

Written so that newcomers to the field can easily progress through the topics, this text provides sufficient knowledge for readers to perform most of the common reaction engineering calculations required for a typical practicing engineer. The authors introduce kinetics, reactor types, and commonly used terms in the first chapter. Subsequent chapters cover a review of chemical engineering thermodynamics, mole balances in ideal reactors for three common reactor types, energy balances in ideal reactors, and chemical reaction kinetics. The text also presents an introduction to nonideal reactors, and explores kinetics and reactors in catalytic systems. The book assumes that readers have some knowledge of thermodynamics, numerical methods, heat transfer, and fluid flow. The authors include an appendix for numerical methods, which are essential to solving most realistic problems in chemical reaction engineering. They also provide numerous worked examples and additional problems in each chapter. Given the significant number of chemical engineers involved in chemical process plant operation at some point in their careers, this book offers essential training for interpreting chemical reactor performance and improving reactor operation.

What’s New in This Edition:

  • Five new chapters on catalytic reaction engineering, including various catalytic reactions and kinetics, transport processes, and experimental methods
  • Expanded coverage of adsorption
  • Additional worked problems
  • Reorganized material

Table of Contents

Process Development
Basic Building Blocks of Chemical Reaction Engineering
Outline of the Book
Introduction to Chemical Reactions
Classification and Types of Reactors
Reactor Performance Measures
Introduction to Rate Function
Transport Phenomena in Reactors
Numerical Methods

The Thermodynamics of Chemical Reactions
Basic Definitions
Energy Changes in Systems
Chemical Reaction Equilibrium

Mole Balances in Ideal Reactors
General Mole Balance Equation
Perfectly Mixed Batch Reactor
Plug Flow Reactor
Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor
Reaction Rate in Terms of Catalyst Mass
Comparison of PFR and CSTR Performance
Multiple Reactions
Multiple-Reactor Systems
Further Thoughts on Defining Conversion
Transient Reactor Operation

Energy Balances in Ideal Reactors
Influence of Temperature on Reactor Operation
General Energy Balance
Batch Reactor
Plug Flow Reactor
Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor

Chemical Kinetics for Homogeneous Reactions
General Nature of Rate Functions
Reaction Mechanism
Theoretical Analysis of Reaction Rate
Rate Equations for Nonelementary Reactions
Mechanisms and Models
Experimental Methods in Rate Data Collection and Analysis

Nonideal Reactor Analysis
Causes of Nonideal Reactor Behavior
Residence Time and Mixing
RTD Function
RTD in Ideal Reactors
Modeling RTD
Mixing in Chemical Reactors

Introduction to Catalysis
Origins of Catalysis: Historical Perspectives
Definitions and Fundamental Concepts
Catalyst Types and Basic Structure
Classification of Vapor-Phase Reactions
Basic Steps in Heterogeneous Catalytic Reactions
Introduction to Catalytic Reactors

Kinetics of Catalytic Reactions
Rate Expressions for Catalytic Reactions
Mechanisms and Models

Transport Processes in Catalysis
Diffusion in Bulk Phase
External Mass and Heat Transfer Effects
Diffusion in Porous Catalysts
Diffusion with Reaction in Porous Catalysts

Analysis of Catalytic Reactors
Packed-Bed Reactor: Introduction and Overview
Conservation Equations for Packed Beds
One-Dimensional Steady-State Plug Flow Models
One-Dimensional Steady-State Axial Dispersion Models
Two-Dimensional Steady-State Models
Transient Packed-Bed Models
Transport Properties in Packed Beds
Autothermal Operation of Packed Beds
Fluidized-Bed Reactors
Metal Gauze Reactors
Counter Diffusive Reactor: Radiant Heaters
Monolith Reactors
Reactors for Gas–Liquid–Solid Systems

Experimental Methods in Catalysis
Kinetic Investigations
Measuring Physical Properties
Electron Microscopy
Surface Science Studies

Appendix 1: Numerical Methods
Nonlinear Algebraic Equations
Linear Algebraic Equations
Ordinary Differential Equations
Numerical Integration
Numerical Differentiation
Partial Differential Equations

Appendix 2: Thermodynamic Data

Appendix 3: Useful Integrals

Appendix 4: Numerical Software
COMSOL Multiphysics


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R.E. Hayes is a professor of chemical engineering in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Bath, UK. He is the author or coauthor of numerous research articles in the area of reaction engineering and is a coauthor of the book Introduction to Catalytic Combustion. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering and a registered professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta.

J.P. Mmbaga is a senior research associate in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He obtained his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has spent more than 25 years in teaching, research, and process consulting in oil and gas processing, energy, and other chemical process industries in Alberta and Tanzania. He has authored and coauthored a number of technical publications and is a member of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering and the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta.