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Problem Solving in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering with POLYMATH, by Michael B. Cutlip - University of Connecticut, Mordechai Shacham - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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Chapter 11. Chemical Reaction Engineering[*]

Plug-Flow Reactor with Volume Change During Reaction

Concepts Demonstrated

Calculation of conversion in a gas-phase, isothermal, plug-flow reactor at constant pressure for a reaction with a change in number of moles.

Numerical Methods Utilized

Solution of simultaneous ordinary differential equations.

Problem Statement

The irreversible decomposition of the di-tert-butyl peroxide is to be carried out in an isothermal plug-flow reactor in which there is no pressure drop. Symbolically, this reaction can be written AB + 2C. The feed consists of di-tert-butyl peroxide and inert nitrogen. The reactor volume is 200 dm3, and the entering volumetric flow rate is maintained constant at 10 dm3/min. The reaction rate ...

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