October 2006

Reactor Design

Consider using flowsheet simulators for reactor system design

Rigorous simulation methods assist engineers to develop accurate material/ energy balances for hydrotreating operations

Zhang, A., Jacobs

It is difficult to simulate the refining process that includes a reactor as part of the unit operation. Flowsheet and reactor simulators have been developed and used separately. Notably, flowsheet simulators have the capability to simulate various unit operations; however, these products cannot provide required reaction data for refining processes. Rigorous simulation methods are necessary for reactor design. The presented case history investigates using rigorous simulation methods to estimate recycle-gas composition in the reactor system for a hydrotreating unit. Hydroprocessing operations. Hydroprocessing units (including hydrotreating and hydrocracking processes) use hydrogen at eleva

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