CH5010 – Chemical Reactor Theory


CH5010 – Chemical Reactor Theory


Course Content:

The objective of this course is to present a unified treatment of engineering aspects of chemically reacting systems. This entails engineering of both chemical reactions and chemical reactors.

Since this is a post-graduate course, an advanced treatment of concepts related to reacting systems will be provided. This includes highlighting the role of transport processes, thermodynamics, and kinetics in modelling, design and analysis of reacting systems. The general principles will be treated first. The “traditional” concepts of ideal reactors (CSTR/PFR), design equations, heterogeneous systems and RTD will be considered as simplification of these principles.

Batch reactor, CSTR, PFR, kinetics; Stoichiometry, rate equations, thermodynamics; Fundamental heat and mass balance equations, ideal PFR, perfectly mixed reactors, recycle; Reactor design for complex reactions, design for optimal selectivity, optimal temperature policy; Non-ideality in continuous flow reactors; Pseudo-steady-state assumption, kinetics, LH kinetics, deactivation, internal and external transport limitations; Non-catalytic reaction fundamentals; Gas-liquid reaction fundamentals; Fixed bed, fluidized bed and trickle bed reactors.

Text Books

  1. F. Froment, K.B. Bischoff and J. de Wilde (2011), Chemical Reactor Analysis & Design, 3rd Ed., Wiley
  2. E. Davis and R.J. Davis (2003), Fundamentals of chemical reaction engineering, McGraw-Hill
    Available for download at: http://authors.library.caltech.edu/25070/

Reference Books

  1. K. Doraiswamy and D. Uner (2013), Chemical Rxn Engineering: Beyond the Fundamentals, CRC Press
  2. I. Masel (2001), Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis, Wiley VCH
  3. A. Jacobsen (2014), Chemical Reactor Modeling: Multiphase Reactive Flows, Springer