CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO EN CIENCIAS APLICADAS "DR. JORGE J. RONCO"
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Yield Optimization in a Cycled Trickle-Bed Reactor: Ethanol Catalytic Oxidation as a Case Study
M.ALEJANDRA AYUDE; MIRYAN C. CASSANELLO; OSVALDO M. MARTINEZ; PATRICIA M. HAURE
CHEMICAL ENGINNERING TECHNOLOGY
WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH
Lugar: Weinheim; Año: 2012 vol. 35 p. 899 - 899
The effect of slow ON-OFF liquid flow modulation on the yield of consecutive reactions is investigated for oxidation of aqueous ethanol solutions using a 0.5 % Pd/Al2O3 commercial catalyst in a laboratory trickle-bed reactor. Experiments with modulated liquid flow rate (MLFR) were performed under the same hydrodynamic conditions (degree of wetting, liquid holdup) as experiments with constant liquid flow rate (CLFR). Thus, the impact of the duration of wet and dry cycles as well as the period can be independently investigated. Depending on cycling conditions, acetaldehyde or acetic acid production is favored with MLFR compared to CLFR. Results suggest both the opportunity and challenge of finding a way to tune the cycling parameters for producing the most appropriate product.