A Sequential Modeling Approach is Proposed to Simulate Catalytic Reactions in Packed-Bed Reactors. the Hydrogenation of Alpha-Methylstyrene and Wet Oxidation of Phenol Are Selected as Studied Cases. the Modeling Scheme Combines a Reactor Scale Axial Dispersion Model with a Pellet Scale Model. Without Involving Any Fitting Parameters, Such an Approach Accounts for the Non-Linear Reaction Kinetics Expression and Different Types of Pellet-Liquid Wetting Contact. to Validate the Developed Modeling Scheme and the Parallel Approach Reported in the Literature, the Experimental Observations for Hydrogenation of Alpha-Methylstyrene to Cumene Have Been Employed. the Predicted Results by Both Approaches Agree Reasonably with the Experimental Data for Both Gas- and Liquid-Limited Reaction. the Proposed Sequential Approach Was Also Used to Simulate the Dynamic Performance of the Reactor and Pellets for the Catalytic Wet Oxidation of Aqueous Phenol over a Newly Developed But Rapidly Deactivated Catalyst (MnO2/CeO2). the Simulation Results for the Catalytic Wet Oxidation Process by Both Approaches Were Compared. the Simulation Describes the Time Evolution of the Catalyst Stability at Different Pellet Points Along the Reactor Axis. the Performance of Trickle Beds and Packed Bubble Columns over a Range of Operating Conditions Were Also Investigated, and Packed Bubble Columns Were Found to Achieve Higher Phenol Conversion at the Cost of More Rapid Catalyst Deactivation. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All Rights Reserved.


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Axial dispersion model; Catalysis; Catalyst deactivation; Chemical reactors; Multiphase reactions; Packed bed

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01 May 2004