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Steam Reformer

In fuel cell power generators, a steam reformer unit typically produces the hydrogen needed for the cell stack. This example illustrates the modeling of a steam reformer. The reformation chemistry occurs in a porous catalytic bed where energy is supplied through heating tubes to drive the endothermal reaction system. The reactor is enclosed in an insulating jacket. The tightly coupled ...

Chemical Reactions and Soot Build-Up in a Diesel Filter

In this tutorial, a filter system for a diesel engine is modeled, including where a soot layer builds up and is oxidized. The build-up of the layer is held in check by both catalytic and non-catalytic reactions, where carbon is oxidized to carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, which in turn passes through the membrane. A filter system's efficiency and durability is closely related to the manner ...

Polymerization in Multijet Tubular Reactor

In a polymerization reactor for polyester manufacturing, the mixing in the reactor is achieved by impinging turbulent jets of reactants onto each other. The turbulence affects the reaction kinetics and quality of the polymer linkage. Turbulent flows involving rapid reaction kinetics are quite common in the production of polymers, and the complex interplay between fluid dynamics and fast ...

Maxwell-Stefan Diffusion in a Fuel Cell Unit Cell

In concentrated gases and liquids, where the concentrations of species are of the same order of magnitude, there is no obvious solvent-solute relationship. Fick’s law for diffusion accounts only for one-way solute-solvent interactions whereas the Maxwell-Stefan equations account for all interactions of species in a solution. In a system with three components, three pair-wise interactions are ...

Hydrodealkylation in a Membrane Reactor

This application demonstrates how you can access and include external thermodynamic and physical property calculations in your simulation, using the Thermodynamics feature. The example shows how you can easily modify the predefined Plug-flow reactor type in the Reaction Engineering interface to set up a membrane reactor model. At high temperatures and pressures, and in the presence of ...

Startup of a Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor

The hydrolysis of propylene oxide into propylene glycol is an important chemical process with 400,000 metric tons produced worldwide each year. Propylene glycol finds wide application as a moisturizer in foods, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. In this example, the startup phase of a continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) used to produce propylene glycol is investigated. The non-isothermal ...

Stefan Tube

This example illustrates the use of the Maxwell-Stefan diffusion model available with the Transport of Concentrated Species interface. It models multicomponent gas-phase diffusion in a Stefan tube in 1D. In this case, it is a liquid mixture of acetone and methanol that evaporates into air. The concentration profiles are modeled at steady-state and validated against experimental data by Taylor ...

Ibuprofen Synthesis

Kinetic analysis of catalytic reactions is essential for understanding rate behavior as well as the reaction mechanism. Developing knowledge of intrinsic reaction kinetics and of rate equations is central to reaction engineering studies aimed at improving reactor design. This model illustrates the reaction kinetics of a complex chemistry occurring in a perfectly stirred tank reactor. The ...

Semibatch Polymerization

As reactant monomer converts into polymer chains, the density of the reacting mixture often changes notably. In this example you will look at how this effect impacts the total production of polymer in a process. The liquid phase polymerization takes place in a semibatch reactor, where two operating conditions are compared. In the first scenario, the feed of monomer to the reactor is turned off ...

Degradation of DNA in Plasma

Biotechnology is a rapidly growing area in the pharmaceutical sciences. One example of a clinical application is gene therapy, where it is possible to produce proteins in vivo, using the body’s own mechanisms for protein production. Major issues in gene delivery involve the transport of plasmid DNA (pDNA) to target sites and the conversion between different forms of pDNA. This example ...