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Oscillating Droplet

Cemented tungsten carbides are hard metals used in steel cutting tools. They are produced by heating a powder consisting typically of tungsten carbide (WC) grains and cobalt (Co) grains. When the powder is heated, the cobalt melts but the tungsten carbide remains solid. The liquid cobalt glues the tungsten carbide grains together and forces air to flow out of the material. When the medium is ...

Optimization of a Catalytic Microreactor

In this model, a solution is pumped through a catalytic bed where a solute species reacts as it gets in contact with the catalyst. The purpose of the model is to maximize the total reaction rate for a given total pressure difference across the bed by finding an optimal catalyst distribution. The distribution of the porous catalyst determines the total reaction rate in the bed. A large amount of ...

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 ...

Estimating Thermal Dispersion in a Packed Bed

Thermal dispersion in a porous medium results from the combined effects of heat conduction in the fluid and solid phases, and from convective transport in the fluid. In chemical process engineering, the modeling of thermal dispersion is of central importance as the temperature distribution in a catalyst bed controls not only chemical conversion but also the catalyst life-time. In this model ...

Electrophoresis, Transport in a Capillary Column

The electrophoresis of a mixture containing benzoic acid and chlorobenzoic acid, with sodium acetate as background electrolyte, is studied in a model that includes the transport of the involved species through diffusion and migration. The transport equations are combined with the material balances and the electroneutrality condition. The neutralization reaction for all the involved acid-base ...

Microchannel Cell

This example was originally formulated by Albert Witarsa under Professor Bruce Finlayson’s supervision at the University of Washington in Seattle. It was part of a graduate course in which the assignment consisted of evaluating the potential of patents in the field of microfluidics through mathematical modeling. The model treats an H-micro cell for separation through diffusion. The cell puts ...

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 model ...

Determining Arrhenius Parameters using Parameter Estimation

This model shows how to use the Parameter Estimation feature in the Reaction Engineering interface to find the Arrhenius parameters of a first order reaction where Benzene diazonium chloride decomposes to benzene chloride and nitrogen.

Nonisothermal HI Reactor

In the case of a perfectly mixed nonisothermal system, you have to set up both the time-dependent material and energy balances. There are no spatial concentration gradients because the system is perfectly mixed, so the Reaction Engineering interface can create a model without evaluating the material-transport properties.

Determining the Reaction Order from Pressure-Time Data

This model shows how to use the Parameter Estimation feature in the Reaction Engineering interface to find the rate constant and reaction order for the gas phase decomposition of di-tert-butyl-peroxide.

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