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Nonisothermal Plug Flow Reactor

This example considers the thermal cracking of acetone, which is a key step in the production of acetic anhydride. The gas phase reaction takes place under nonisothermal conditions in a plug-flow reactor. As the cracking chemistry is endothermic, control over the temperature in the reactor is essential in order to achieve reasonable conversion. When the reactor is run under adiabatic conditions, ...

Laminar Static Mixer

In static mixers, also called motionless or in-line mixers, a fluid is pumped through a pipe containing stationary blades. This mixing technique is particularly well suited for laminar flow mixing because it generates only small pressure losses in this flow regime. This example studies the flow in a twisted-blade static mixer. The mixing of one species dissolved in water at room temperature is ...

Dissociation in a Tubular Reactor

Tubular reactors are often used in continuous large-scale production, for example in the petroleum industry. One key design parameter is the conversion, or the amount of reactant that reacts to form the desired product. In order to achieve high conversion, process engineers optimize the reactor design: its length, width and heating system. An accurate reactor model is a very useful tool, both at ...

Transport in an Electrokinetic Valve

This application presents an example of pressure driven flow and electrophoresis in a 3D micro channel system. Researchers often use a device similar to the one in this model as an electrokinetic sample injector in biochips to obtain well-defined sample volumes of dissociated acids and salts and to transport these volumes. Focusing is obtained through pressure driven flow of the sample and ...

Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition of Methane

Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engines are being considered as an alternative to traditional spark- and compression-ignition engines. As the name implies, a homogeneous fuel/oxidant mixture is auto-ignited by compression with simultaneous combustion occurring throughout the cylinder volume. Combustion temperatures under lean burn operation are relatively low, resulting in low ...

Microchannel H-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 ...

Boat Reactor for Low Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition

Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is an important step in the process of manufacturing microchips. One of the common applications is the deposition of silicon on wafers at low pressure. Low pressure reactors are used to get a high diffusivity of the gaseous species, which results in a uniform deposition thickness, since the process becomes limited by the deposition kinetics. The goal of this ...

Drug Release from a Biomaterial Matrix

In this example, drug-release from a biomaterial matrix to damaged cell tissue is modeled. Specifically, a nerve guide delivers a regenerating drug to damaged nerve ends. The model involves detailed drug release kinetics, with rate expressions handling drug dissociation/association reactions as well as matrix degradation by enzyme catalysis. The enzyme reaction is described by Michaelis-Menten ...

Liquid Chromatography

High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is a common method of separating, identifying, and quantifying each chemical compound in a mixture. HPLC is found in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and food industries. The Liquid Chromatography app simulates the separation of two species within a generic liquid chromatography column. Simulations can help pinpoint design elements of chromatography ...

Hydrocarbon Dehalogenation in a Tortuous Microreactor

Removing halogen groups from hydrocarbons is an important reaction step in several chemical processes. One application is water purification. Other examples involve organic synthesis, where the removal of halogen groups serves as a starting point for carbon-carbon coupling reactions. Typically, the carbon-halogen bond scission is activated by precious metal catalysts based on platinum or ...