Intensification of batch chemical processes by using integrated chemical reactor-heat exchangers
APPLIED THERMAL ENGINEERING
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This paper provides an overview of a collaborative project that was aimed at developing tools that will assist in the design and operation of integrated chemical reactor-heat exchangers (HEX reactors) for the advanced processing of fast exothermic chemical reactions. Tl-le tools are: (i) a chemical probe that is sensitive to both mixing intensity and heat transfer and (ii) a mathematical model that describes exothermic reacting flows in a simulated heat exchanger passage. Experimental and simulated reactive mixing data and measurements of local temperature and velocity profiles in a simulated heat exchanger passage are provided as examples to aid design engineers and industrial users of the HEX reactor technology. (C) European Communities 1997. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.