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Chemical Reactor Analysis and Applications for the Practicing Engineer

ISBN: 978-0-470-91535-6
592 pages
August 2012
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This books format follows an applications-oriented text and serves as a training tool for individuals in education and industry involved directly, or indirectly, with chemical reactors. It addresses both technical and calculational problems in this field. While this text can be complimented with texts on chemical kinetics and/or reactor design, it also stands alone as a self-teaching aid. 

The first part serves as an introduction to the subject title and contains chapters dealing with history, process variables, basic operations, kinetic principles, and conversion variables. The second part of the book addresses traditional reactor analysis; chapter topics include batch, CSTRs, tubular flow reactors, plus a comparison of these classes of reactors. Part 3 keys on reactor applications that include non-ideal reactors: thermal effects, interpretation of kinetic data, and reactor design. The book concludes with other reactor topics; chapter titles include catalysis, catalytic reactors, other reactions and reactors, and ABET-related topics. An extensive Appendix is also included

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Overview xiii

Part I. Introduction

1. History of Chemical Reactions 3

2. The Field of Chemistry 11

3. Process Variables 19

4. Kinetic Principles 45

5. Stoichiometry and Conversion Variables 73

Part II. Traditional Reactor Analysis

6. Reaction and Reactor Classification 111

7. The Conservation Laws 127

8. Batch Reactors 147

9. Continuous Stirred Tank Reactors (CSTRs)181

10. Tubular Flow Reactors 209

11. Reactor Comparisons 243

Part III. Reactor Applications

12. Thermal Effects 273

13. Interpretation of Kinetic Data

14. Non-Ideal Reactors 357

15. Reactor Design Considerations 383

Part IV. Other Reactor Topics

16. Catalysts 413

17. Catalytic Reactions 429

18. Fluidized and Fixed Bed Reactors 445

19. Biochemical Reactors 475

20. Open-Ended Problems 505

21. Abet-Related Topic 519

Appendix. SI Units 

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Author Information

LOUIS THEODORE, EngScD, is a retired professor of chemical engineering (50 years). He is the author of several Wiley publications, including Fluid Flow for the Practicing Chemical Engineer, Thermodynamics for the Practicing Engineer, Mass Transfer Operations for the Practicing Engineer, and Air Pollution Control Equipment Calculations. Dr. Theodore is also a contributor to Perry's Chemical Engineer's Handbook.

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“The book also reviews Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) topics as they apply to chemical reactors, making it beneficial for engineers who are preparing to take the Professional Engineer (PE) exam.”  (Chemical Engineering Progress, 1 April 2013)


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