CHEMICAL REACTION ENGINEERING

Second cycle degree in CHEMICAL AND PROCESS ENGINEERING

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: PAOLO CANU

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 12


Syllabus
Prerequisites: fundamentals of chemistry and chemical kinetics, multicomponent and multiphase thermodynamics, tranport phaenomena
Examination methods: 2 tests, typically in the following order:
1 – written exams with numerical exercises
The objective is to verify the abilities in chemical reactor design and diagnostic via approximated methods and simple calculations
2 – oral exam concerning the discussion of the written reports of the mandatory homework.
The objective is to assess the theoretical fundamentals underpinning the experimental evidence collected by students as well as the ability to link different issues and to propose a critical evaluation on open problems

The two tests equally contribute to the final evaluation-
Course unit contents: Developments and rationalization of chemical kinetics: examples of complex kinetic mechanisms in single-phase reactions (e.g. combustion).
Single phase, non-isothermal reactors, with constant or variable density.
Multi-phase reactors: general approach through ideal reactor models of each single phase.
Applications:
1) fluid-solid catalytic reactions (heterogeneous catalysis): reactor types; effect of internal and external mass transfer limitations.
2) Fluid-solid non-catalytic reactions: solids reactions with accumulation/depletion of the solids phase.
3) Other multiphase reactors (fluid-fluid and fluid-fluid-solid).
Single-phase reactors with non-ideal flow: the residence time distribution method.