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Combining catalysis and computational fluid dynamics towards improved process design for ethanol dehydration

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Through a combined computational fluid dynamics, characterization and catalysis study we have developed, for the first time, a working model of the ethanol dehydration process within a catalytic pelletized fixed bed reactor. The model, constructed from experimental kinetic data on the dehydration of ethanol to ethylene, with the industrial MTO catalyst SAPO-34, provides unique insights on reaction rate, product selectivity and local temperature fluctuations that are pivotal to reactor design towards optimized catalytic processes, and highly relevant for the optimization of industrial chemical processes.

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The article was received on 28 Jul 2018, accepted on 27 Oct 2018 and first published on 31 Oct 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CY01564C
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018, Advance Article
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    Combining catalysis and computational fluid dynamics towards improved process design for ethanol dehydration

    M. E. Potter, L. Armstrong and R. Raja, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8CY01564C

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