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Optimization of a Catalytic Microreactor

Application ID: 4401

In this model, a solution is pumped through a catalytic bed where a solute species reacts as it gets in contact with the catalyst. The purpose of the model is to maximize the total reaction rate for a given total pressure difference across the bed by finding an optimal catalyst distribution. The distribution of the porous catalyst determines the total reaction rate in the bed. A large amount of catalyst results in a low flow rate through the bed while less catalyst gives a high flow rate but low conversion of the reactant.