Periodic operation of a tubular reactor: a simulation of consecutive reactions in a chromatographic reactor
Journal article, 1989
The performance of a chromatographic reactor is studied by means of computer simulations for consecutive reactions represented by
A + B → R
R + B → S
For square-wave pulsing it is demonstrated that a chromatographic reactor can give a higher yield than a plug-flow reactor operated at steady state if A and B are pulsed in phase. Moveover selectivity for a chromatographic
reactor can exceed steady state values for a plug-flow reactor. The most advantageous cycle time for the pulsing is discussed, and the effects of changing adsorption capacity and cycle split are shown qualitatively.