• Reactor performance is affected by multiple parameters.
• All of these parameters must be considered appropriately.
Chemical reactors are used to produce high-value chemicals from lower-value chemicals. Reactor performance depends on the complex interaction between four effects, as is illustrated in Figure 23.1. In order to understand fully the performance of a chemical reactor in the context of a chemical process, all four effects must be considered.
1. Reaction Kinetics and Thermodynamics: The influence of extensive variables (pressure, temperature, concentration) on reactor performance is defined by reaction kinetics and reaction equilibrium. These extensive variables affect the reaction ...