Latin American applied research
versión impresa ISSN 0327-0793
Periodic operation was investigated for the hydrogenation of alpha-methylstyrene to cumene over 0.5% Pd on alumina spheres. The effect of several variables such as gas flow rate, gas and liquid composition, and liquid feed temperature on unsteady-state liquid flow modulation in a Trickle Bed Reactor is studied. These parameters affect the depletion time of the volatile reactant as well as the temperature profiles of the dry cycle. A criterion is presented that allows for an estimation of the maximum temperature during the dry cycle based on mass and energy balances.
Palabras clave : Trickle Bed Reactor; Periodic Operation; Gas-Phase Reaction; Dryout.