Journal article

Intensified isothermal reactor for methanol synthesis

B Redondo, MT Shah, VK Pareek, RP Utikar, PA Webley, J Patel, WJ Lee, T Bhatelia

Chemical Engineering and Processing: process intensification | Elsevier | Published : 2019


The performance of different tubular reactor designs for methanol synthesis was investigated by using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and experiments. The validated model was used to investigate the effect of various reactor geometries, coolant temperature, feed temperature, inlet composition, and flow rate on the methanol yield and heat transfer performance. New designs using metal inserts were proposed with an aim to improve the methanol yield by simple retrofitting. It was observed that the metal inserts can be utilized to relocate the catalyst close to the cooling surface, and as a result, near isothermal operating condition was achieved in both tube-cooled and tubular rea..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF)

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) for financial support (Mini DME Grand Challenge Project, GCF020009) to carry out the initial development of the Reactor.