Thermal Behavior of a Catalytic Packed-Bed Milli-reactor Operated under Radio Frequency Heating

Sourav Chatterjee, Thomas K. Houlding, Valentin Yu Doluda, Vladimir P. Molchanov, Valentina G. Matveeva, Evgeny V. Rebrov

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An approach for analysis of thermal gradients in a catalytic packed bed milli-reactor operated under radio frequency (RF) heating has been presented. A single-point temperature measurement would cause the misinterpretation of the catalytic activity in an RF-heated reactor, because of the presence of a temperature gradient. For reliable data interpretation, the temperature should be measured at three positions along the reactor length. The temperature profile can be accurately estimated with the exact analytical solution of a one-dimensional (1D) convection and conduction heat-transfer model, and it can also be approximated with a second-order polynomial function. The results revealed that the position of maximum temperature in the catalytic bed shifts toward a downstream location as the flow rate increases. The relative contribution of conduction and convection to the overall heat transport has been discussed. The design criteria for a near-isothermal milli-reactor have been suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13273-13280
Number of pages8
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The financial support provided by the European Research Council (Project No. 279867, “RF-Enhanced Microprocessing for Fine Chemicals Synthesis Using Catalysts Supported on Magnetic Nanoparticles, RFMiFiCS”), and the Russian Science Foundation (Project No. 15-13-20015) is gratefully acknowledged.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 American Chemical Society.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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