Case 61: Pressure loss in a reactor
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There are times in ones career when a quick decision is needed so a design will proceed in the correct direction. This may be in a design review meeting where different views are being presented on a systems modification.
In this example, the drawings for a pilot reactor were being reviewed. The design had been modified from an originally proposed rounded-head design, which had been feared to create a dead space. It now included a flat plate to eliminate the dead space in the reactor head so that fouling would not occur in that region. Fig. 1 illustrates a simplified view of the reactor.
Fig. 1. Reactor flow with head i
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