A New Commercial Scale Process for n-Butane Oxidation to Maleic Anhydride Using a Circulating Fluidized Bed Reactor

R. M. Contractor, D. I. Garnett, H. S. Horowitz, H. E. Bergna, G. S. Patience, Justin Schwartz, G. M. Sisler

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Abstract

DuPont has developed a new process for n-butane oxidation to maleic anhydride using a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) reactor. An extensive effort spanning a period of ten years has resulted in a successful demonstration of the process on a large demonstration plant. A novel approach to imparting attrition resistance to the catalyst for the process has been demonstrated on a commercial scale. The demonstration plant was used to activate the catalyst, optimize hydrodynamics of the CFB, confirm catalytic performance and attrition resistance, and generate data for the design of a very large commercial plant. Construction of the first commercial plant using this technology is scheduled to be completed in 1995.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-242
Number of pages10
JournalStudies in Surface Science and Catalysis
Volume82
Issue numberC
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

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  • Catalysis
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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Contractor, R. M. ; Garnett, D. I. ; Horowitz, H. S. ; Bergna, H. E. ; Patience, G. S. ; Schwartz, Justin ; Sisler, G. M. / A New Commercial Scale Process for n-Butane Oxidation to Maleic Anhydride Using a Circulating Fluidized Bed Reactor. In: Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis. 1994 ; Vol. 82, No. C. pp. 233-242.
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In: Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis, Vol. 82, No. C, 01.01.1994, p. 233-242.

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