Advanced Reactor Simulation 4500

Model Description

The TSC SIM 4500 – Advanced Reactor contains a batch and continuous stirred tank (CSTR) reactor operating as part of a simple process in a manner that encourages the trainee to think about the impact of process conditions and economics.

The model contains process economic pages for each reactor type which gives information about the cost of reagents, produces and common utilities. These pages allow an easy comparison between the two reaction schemes.

Both reactors have temperature control and pressure, level and flow indication allowing the trainee to specify and control operating and feed conditions in order to achieve maximum yields.

The composition of the fluid within the reactors is also viewable (controlled by the trainer) allowing the progress of the reaction to be observed.

For more advanced use the model contains details on the reactions to allow the calculation of the best operating conditions. These conditions can also be found through a process of trial and improvement.

Learning Areas

  • Illustration of the differences between batch and CSTR (continuous stirred tank reactor).
  • Practical introduction to process economics and optimisation both through calculation and trial and improvement.
  • Description of homogeneous (liquid phase) reactions.
  • Allows easy comparison between reaction types.
  • Introduces more advanced reaction mechanisms including competing reactions and optimising process conditions to favour one reaction over another.


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