Faculty Advisor

Dixon, Anthony G.

Abstract

Radial flow fixed bed reactors are used to carry out large-scale catalytic reactions. Simulation of said reactors allows observation of effects of varying conditions in the reactor. Using a 2D previously developed axisymmetric model in COMSOL, creation of a more comprehensive model of the reactor was attempted. Ideally, inclusion of heat transfer parameters and reaction kinetics would lead to a study of how varying physical parameters in the reactor affect conversion of styrene in ethylbenzene dehydrogenation. The paper addresses every approach taken using COMSOL to simulate said task and an explanation of why said approaches failed. Furthermore, recommendations on how to improve the model are listed.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

November 2018

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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