Mohammad Haghighi Parapari   Chemical Engineering Faculty , SUT , Tabriz , IRAN


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Course Title: Kinetics and Reactor Design

Chemical reaction engineering involves the exploitation of chemical reactions on a commercial scale. The goal is the successful design and operation of chemical reactors. This is what specifically sets chemical engineering apart as a distinct branch of the engineering profession. The basis of learning chemical reaction engineering revolves around grasping the fundamental of chemical kinetics and the concept of reactor designs. By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following calculations:

  • Perform mass and energy balances on reactors.
  • Assemble concepts of reaction rates and mass & energy balances from mass and heat transfer.
  • Manipulate variables in the mass & energy balances to design reactors that achieve specific conversions and safety constraints.
  • Investigate the effects of altering reaction kinetics, flow rate, temperature, or reactor type on conversion and/or reactor size.
  • Contrast strengths and weaknesses of different reactor types. Recognize safety and environmental issues involved in reactor design
  • Appraise computed results for accuracy and rationality toward developing engineering judgment.
  • Recognize the general applicability of chemical engineering mass & energy balances.
  • Effectively perform in teams. Work effectively in teams and develop problem solving skills.

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      Chapter 1:  Introduction to Kinetic and Reactors
      Chapter 2:  Kinetic of Homogeneous Reactions
      Chapter 3:  Interpretation of Batch Reactor Data
      Chapter 4:  Introduction to Reactor Design
      Chapter 5:  Single Ideal Reactors
      Chapter 6:  Design for Single Reactors
      Chapter 7:  Design for Multiple Reactions
      Chapter 8:  Nonisothermal Reactor Design
Chapter 1: Introduction to Kinetic and Reactors

     1.1 Introduction
     1.2 Classification of the Reactions
     1.3 Definition of the Rate of Reaction
     1.4 Variables Affecting the Rate of Reaction
     1.5 Type of Reactors
     1.6 Industrial reactors

Chapter 2: Kinetic of Homogeneous Reactions
     2.1 Introduction
     2.2 Concentration-Dependent Term of the Rate Equation
     2.3 Temperature-Dependent Term of the Rate Equation
Chapter 3: Interpretation of Batch Reactor Data
     3.1 Introduction
     3.2 Constant Volume Bath Reactor
          3.2.1 Integral Method of Rate Analysis
          3.2.2 Deferential Method of Rate Analysis
     3.3 Variable Volume Bath Reactor
          3.3.1 Integral Method of Rate Analysis
          3.3.2 Deferential Method of Rate Analysis
     3.4 Method of Initial Rates
     3.5 Method of Half Lives

Chapter 4: Introduction to Reactor Design
     4.1 Introduction
     4.2 Design Equations
          4.2.1 Mass Balance Equation
          4.2.2 Energy Balance Equation
     4.3 Applications of the Design Equations
Chapter 5: Single Ideal Reactors
     5.1 Introduction
     5.2 Space Time, Holding Time and Space Velocity
     5.3 Applications of the Design Equations
          5.3.1 Ideal Batch Reactors
          5.3.2 Steady State Mixed Flow Reactors
          5.3.3 Steady State Plug Flow Reactors
Chapter 6: Design for Single Reactions
     6.1 Introduction
     6.2 Size Comparison of Single Reactors
     6.3 Multiple Reactor Systems
          6.3.1 Reactors in Series
      Steady State Plug Flow Reactors
      Steady State Mixed Flow Reactors
          6.3.2 Reactors in Parallel
      Steady State Plug Flow Reactors
      Steady State Mixed Flow Reactors
          6.3.3 Different Type of Reactors in Series
     6.4 Recycle Reactors
Chapter 7: Design for Multiple Reactions
     7.1 Introduction
     7.2 Parallel Reactions
     7.3 Series Reactions
     7.4 Series-Parallel Reactions
Chapter 8: Nonisothermal Reactor Design

     8.1 Introduction
     8.2 The Energy Balance Equation
          8.2.1 Application to the Batch Reactor Design
          8.2.2 Application to the CSTR Design
          8.2.3 Application to the Tubular Reactor Design
     8.3 Equilibrium Conversion
     8.4 Multiple Steady States
     8.5 Multiple Reactions

     [1] Levenspiel: Chemical Reaction Engineering
     [2] Scott Fogler: Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering
     [3] Butt: Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design
     [4] Smith: Chemical Engineering Kinetics
     [5] Carberry: Chemical and Catalytic Reaction Engineering
     [6] Walas: Reaction Kinetics for Chemical Engineers
     [7] Nauman: Chemical Reactor Design
     [8] Froment & Byschof: Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design


Midterm ............. 40
Final................... 40
Quiz................... 10
Homework.......... 10
Bonus ................. 5
Total................. 105


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