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Introduction to Chemical Reactor Design

We seek to design reaction vessels, i.e. chemical reactors, where a particular chemical reaction (or set of reactions) is carried out. The first decision we take involves the configuration of the reactor and its mode of operation. This means we must decide what reactor type (and reactor shape) to select and whether it would be advantageous to operate in batch or continuous mode. Other design decisions regarding the new reactor will be affected by a multiplicity of factors. To arrive at an appropriate design, we need information on the reaction kinetics and the required daily output. For relatively small daily…