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Latin American applied research

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PARENTIS, M.; BONINI, N.  and  GONZO, E. E.. Effectiveness factor calculation and monolith reactor simulation with non-uniform washcoat and arbitrary catalytic activity distribution. Lat. Am. appl. res. [online]. 2011, vol.41, n.1, pp.57-62. ISSN 0327-0793.

A simple, precise and fast procedure to simulate monolith reactors is presented. The method allows the estimation of effectiveness factors (η) in monolith with washcoat of irregular geometries and arbitrary catalytic activity distribution. Catalytic washcoat with the same quantity of active material, deposited in different manners, are compared in their influence on monolith reactor performance. Intrinsic effectiveness factor estimations, with the approximate method, for first order reaction gave results very close to the rigorous 2D calculation. It is shown that differences between η values can be as much as 54% when non uniform catalytic activity distribution is considered. It is also shown the influence of different catalyst distribution on the behavior of a monolith reactor where the isothermal NO decomposition on Cu/ZSM-5 washcoat with complex Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic expression, is carried out. Estimated results are in close agreement with experimental findings. The influence of different catalytic activity distribution on η can be as much as 66%, while exit NO conversion changes more than 42%.

Keywords : Effectiveness Factor; Monolith Reactor Simulation; Non-Uniform Washcoat; Non-Uniform Catalytic Distribution.

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