Application of COMSOL in Chemical Engineering: Case Studies

Suzana Yusup
Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering Department
University Technology Petronas

The paper highlights the application of COMSOL in solving chemical engineering problems. Two case studies are highlighted including survey feedback from undergraduate students who used the software as part of their modeling and simulation lab work. The first case study is on the prediction of tube skin temperatures of catalytic reforming unit (CRU) heaters. The second case study covers the modeling and simulation of a plug flow reactor for liquid phase methanol synthesis.

The student survey assesses the students' understanding on their ability to simulate case studies related to fixed bed reactors for catalytic hydrocarbon oxidation, non isothermal reactors with isothermal cooling jackets, porous reactors with injection needles, radial effects in tubular reactors: isothermal and adiabatic reactors and monolithic reactors.

Keynote speaker's biography:

Suzana Yusup graduated in 1992 from the University of Leeds, UK with an Honours B.Eng Degree in Chemical Engineering. She completed her M.Sc in Chemical Engineering (adsorption) in 1995 and her Ph.D in Chemical Engineering (powder technology) at the University of Bradford, UK in 1998. Her main research is in the area of adsorption, bio-fuel and reaction engineering.

Suzana Yusup has almost ten years of teaching experience. She teaches courses in reaction engineering and has taught courses in numerical methods. She is also involved in researching gas storage for direct fuel NGV Engine Injection, a cost effective route for methanol production from natural resources via liquid phase synthesis, along with material development for hydrogen storage.