Swansea University

Reactor Design

EG 204

Iowa State Course Substitution

Chemical Reaction Engineering

CH E 382

Course Info
International Credits:
Converted Credits:
United Kingdom
Course Description:
Introduction: The objectives of reactor design and safety considerations. What constitutes a chemical reactor ? Types of industrial reactors, typical operation methodologies and conditions. Chemical equilibrium and manipulation to achieve higher yields. Chemical kinetics, the rate of reaction, analysis of chemical data, summary of the rate laws. Batch reactors: The components and configuration of the batch tank, liquid mixing in vessels and scale-up, solid-liquid mixing in vessels and scale-up, scale-down considerations, modelling the performance of the ideal batch reactor to calculate batch time and production rates, examples of industrial processing from the fine chemicals and pharmaceutical industries, heat transfer in batch vessels including isothermal, non-isothermal and adiabatic modes, safety considerations for batch vessels including reaction enthalpies and adiabatic temperature rise, reaction calorimetry, control and emergency procedures for batch reactors, design of safe sustainable processes. Mechanical design of batch reactors. Continuous flow reactors: The components of a continuous flow system, liquid mixing in continuous flow and the use of static mixers, modelling the performance of the ideal continuous reactor (CSTR and PFR) to calculate residence times and production rates, examples of industrial processing from the fine chemicals and oil and gas industries, gas reactions in continuous flow, non-ideal behaviour in continuous flow, the F-curve, C-curve and calculation of dispersion, the tanks in series model. Mechanical design of tubular reactors. So which reactor do I chose, comparative analysis of different reactors, series and parallel reactions, throughput considerations and economic sense.


Evaluation Date:
March 13, 2015
Monica Lamm