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Scale-up and Modeling of Fixed-Bed Reactors for Catalytic Phenol Oxidation over Adsorptive Active Carbon

Abstract : The wet air oxidation of phenol over a commercial active carbon catalyst has been studied in laboratory-scale and pilot-plant fixed-bed reactors at mild temperatures and oxygen partial pressures of 120−160 °C and 0.05−0.2 MPa, respectively. The performances of the fixed-bed reactors have been assessed and compared to each other for both up- and downflow operation mode. Depending on the flow mode and reactor scale, distinct phenol destruction rates have been observed in the experiments. A series of batch experiments are carried out to obtain phenol removal kinetics, which are subsequently implemented in the modeling of the pilot-plant fixed-bed reactor. A one-dimensional, nonisothermal piston dispersion model is developed to describe in detail the interplay of reaction kinetics, gas−liquid hydrodynamics, and heat and mass transfer in both flow directions. The model predicts reasonably well the experimental data, thus allowing for a thorough explanation of the observed pilot-plant reactor performance.
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Somsaluay Suwanprasop, Athanasios Eftaxias, Frank Stüber, Isabelle Polaert, Carine Julcour-Lebigue, et al.. Scale-up and Modeling of Fixed-Bed Reactors for Catalytic Phenol Oxidation over Adsorptive Active Carbon. Industrial and engineering chemistry research, American Chemical Society, 2005, 44 (25), pp.9513-9523. ⟨10.1021/ie050242d⟩. ⟨hal-02409980⟩

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