Tubular Reactor with Nonisothermal Cooling Jacket

Application ID: 67

Chemical engineering students can model a nonideal tubular reactor, including radial and axial variations in temperature and composition, and investigate the impact of different operating conditions with this easy-to-use app. The process described by the Tubular Reactor with Nonisothermal Cooling Jacket app is the exothermic reaction of propylene oxide with water to form propylene glycol, assuming first-order reaction kinetics.

The reactor also contains a cooling jacket, and the application consists of an energy and material balance. The student can change the activation energy of the reaction, the thermal conductivity, and the heat of reaction to investigate a variety of scenarios.

The resulting solution gives the axial and radial reaction conversion as well as the temperature profile.

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

COMSOL Multiphysics®