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Abstract Volume 10 Issue 3 (2005) pp 221-216

Training Tool for Dynamic Simulation of Reactive Distillation

Maciej Staszak and Krzysztof Alejski

Institute of Chemical Technology and Engineering, Poznań University of Technology, Pl. Skłodowskiej-Curie 2, 60-965 Poznań, Poland,
Received April 22, 2004. Accepted January 5, 2005.

Published online: 23 March 2005

Abstract. Reactive distillation is an operation in which separation and chemical reaction take place simultaneously within a fractional distillation column. Running such an operation in laboratory conditions is difficult. To enable students to better understand the process, a computer simulation is presented. Students can set the parameters for the process and observe the effects. To better understand the transient states of such a multifunctional process, students are often asked to perform some parametric studies on the problem; they study the dependencies that exist between different variables in the process. This exercise provides students with knowledge of the dynamics of multifunctional reactors. We use it in our course “Fundamentals in Chemical Technology.”

Key Words: Computers in Chemistry; physical chemistry; laboratory computing; chemical engineering; industrial chemistry

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Issue date: June 1, 2005

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