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Chemical Reaction Engineering I
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Subject Core
Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

'Chemical Reaction Engineering I' is a course offered in the fifth semester of B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore.

Unit 1

Elementary reactions - Rate equation and rate law, temperature dependency of rate of reaction (rate constant) – Arrhenius, Collision and Transition State theories.

Non-elementary reactions, mechanisms of non-elementary reactions – the pseudo steady state hypothesis (PSSH).

Analysis of Batch Reactor Data – Integral and Differential analysis of data, rate parameter estimation using least square analysis and curve fitting.

Unit 2

Design / performance equations for homogeneous and Isothermal systems – Batch, mixed flow and tubular reactors; size comparison of different reactors for single reactions; Rate parameter estimation using experimental data from various reactors.

Combination of reactors for a single reaction; Mixed Flow Reactors in Series; Combined Reactors in Series – Plug flow followed by mixed flow and vice versa. Parallel reactors – feed distribution in parallel reactor configuration; Auto catalytic reactions - Recycle reactors, Optimization of recycle ratio.

Unit 3

Multiple reactions – series, parallel and series-parallel reactions; Conversion and Selectivity; Reactor design for series reactions; Reactor design for parallel reactions; Reactor design for Series-parallel reactions;

Adiabatic reactions; heat of reaction as a function of temperature; Temperature as a function of Conversion and vice versa; Cooling / heating requirements in nearisothermal operation; Effect of temperature on conversion and selectivity in multiple reactions;

  • Octave Levenspiel, Chemical Reaction Engineering, 3rd Edition, John Wiley, 2004
  • Scott H. Fogler, Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall of India, 2000
  • G. F. Froment and K. B. Bischoff, Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design, 2nd Edition, John Wiley, 1990