Design of Isothermal Plug Flow Reactor Adsorption Tower for Sulphur Trioxide Hydration using Vanadium Catalyst
Goodhead T.O1, Abowei M. F. N2
1T. O. Goodhead, Department of Chemical, Petrochemical Engineering, Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Port Harcourt , Nigeria.
2Prof. M. F. N Abowei, Department of Chemical, Petrochemical Engineering, Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Port Harcourt , Nigeria, India.
Manuscript received on August 05, 2014. | Revised Manuscript received on August 11, 2014. | Manuscript published on August 15, 2014. | PP: 9-16 | Volume-2 Issue-9, August 2014. | Retrieval Number: I0696082914/2014©BEIESP
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Abstract: An isothermal plug flow reactor for the production of sulphuric acid over a range of degree of conversion ,XA = 0.95 to 0.99 and reactor diameter, Di = 0.05 to 0.1m have been designed. The reactor which operates at atmospheric pressure is capable of producing 10,000 metric tons per annum. This reactor is designed with hastelloy because it possesses an excellent corrosion and sulphuric acid resistance properties. The reactor performance models are simulated with the aid of a Computer using MATLAB (R2007b).The results provided information for the functional parameters for the reactor which include; the reactor volume, space time, space velocity, rate of heat generation per unit volume of reactor, pressure drop, and length of reactor. The relationship between these parameters and the degree of conversion are presented graphically.
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