Residence Time Distribution for Tubular Reactors

L. R. de Souza Jr.[1], L. Lorenz[1]
[1]Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Published in 2014

In the core of Chemical Engineering is the reactor design that includes most of all scientific disciplines. The reactors, in general, are treated ideally. Unfortunately, it is observed in the real world a very different behavior from that expected. Thus, to characterize nonideal reactors is used, among others, residence time distribution function E(t). The aim of this present work is to determine in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software the residence time distribution for a tubular reactor used in the Chemical Engineering Laboratory in Federal University of Paraná. The results were compared with experimental dates showing a correlation coefficient of 0.97. At last, it was purposed a modification in the reactor’s geometry to take note with its hydrodynamic would get better.