Optimization of a Catalytic Microreactor

Application ID: 4401

In this application, a solution is pumped through a catalytic bed where a solute species reacts as it gets in contact with the catalyst. The purpose of this example 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 catalyst results in a low flow rate through the bed while less catalyst gives a high flow rate but low conversion of the reactant.

This model example illustrates applications of this type that would nominally be built using the following products: