Velocity, temperature and conversion profiles in fixed bed catalytic reactors

J. J. Lerou, G. F. Froment

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Velocity and temperature profiles perpendicular to the flow direction were measured at the exit of a packed bed. The form of the profiles differed from that usually accepted in the literature. The temperature profiles showed two humps. They were simulated by means of a two-dimensional heat transfer model containing the local void fraction and velocity. The simulation of a reactor for a strongly exothermic process based upon a model accounting for radial void, velocity and temperature profiles is compared with the predictions based upon a less refined model which does not consider the effect of radial void and velocity profiles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)853-861
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1977

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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