Plug flow behavior in tubular reactors is often highly desirable in industry, since it can ensure high productivity, good selectivity, and enhanced heat transfer. To achieve this, good radial mixing combined with poor axial mixing is required: these conditions are quite easy to obtain if the flow regime is turbulent, but they are much more challenging to achieve if the flow is laminar. In this work radial mixing and residence time distributions in a side-injected tubular reactor equipped with a series of Sulzer SMX static mixers were investigated using Computational Fluid Dynamics. It was found that even at low values of Reynolds number the reactor can efficiently satisfy the plug flow conditions, and operative diagrams were determined to foresee the reactor behavior.

Mixing Efficiency and Residence Time Distributions of a Side-Injection Tubular Reactor Equipped with Static Mixers

Albertazzi, Jody;Florit, Federico;Busini, Valentina;Rota, Renato
2021

Abstract

Plug flow behavior in tubular reactors is often highly desirable in industry, since it can ensure high productivity, good selectivity, and enhanced heat transfer. To achieve this, good radial mixing combined with poor axial mixing is required: these conditions are quite easy to obtain if the flow regime is turbulent, but they are much more challenging to achieve if the flow is laminar. In this work radial mixing and residence time distributions in a side-injected tubular reactor equipped with a series of Sulzer SMX static mixers were investigated using Computational Fluid Dynamics. It was found that even at low values of Reynolds number the reactor can efficiently satisfy the plug flow conditions, and operative diagrams were determined to foresee the reactor behavior.
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