Density variations in a reactor during liquid full dimerization

M. Golombok, J. Bruijn

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In a liquid full plug flow reactor during lower olefin dimerization, the assumption of constant density is not valid—the volume of a plug changes as it proceeds along the reactor. The observed kinetics depend on the density variation in the reactor as the conversion proceeds towards a distribution of oligomers—and this in turn is a function of the reactor conditions for the olefin dimerization. The net effect of considering density changes in elucidating global kinetics is to increase the effective reaction order; this is a function of the degree of oligomerization. The effects are demonstrated with a simple analytical model based around varying conditions during dimerization of 1-butene over an amorphous catalyst.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-147
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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