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Maximizing Conversion to an Intermediate Product in a Two-Stage CSTR

This Demonstration examines a two-stage continuous-flow stirred tank reactor (CSTR). Conversion to an intermediate product of consecutive chemical reactions can be maximized in a combination of two CSTRs operating in series.
The system of equations is solved and the result is plotted on the plane.

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Consider the consecutive first-order chemical reaction with , , and representing reactants, products, and waste, involving the equations and . Here , , and are the rate constants, Arrhenius constants, and activation energies of the products and reactants, and is the temperature.
The equations describing the steady state condition of the CSTR are:
and ,
where and are the concentrations, is the flow rate, and is the reactor volume for reactors and 2, with initial conditions and .
Reference
[1] Wikipedia. "Continuous Reactor." (Aug 21, 2012) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuous_reactor.
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