Graphical Method for Evaluating the Performance of N Tanks in Series

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This Demonstration shows the graphical method of evaluating the performance of several tanks in series. The user can choose the number of tanks as well as the reaction kinetics.


The reaction rate is given by: , where and is the reaction order to be fixed by the user. All the red segments have the same slope, 0.5, which corresponds to the tanks' residence time (e.g., in minutes).

The governing equation for the first tank is where is the volume of a tank, is the inlet and outlet flow rate, and is the concentration of reactant in the inlet stream.


Contributed by: Housam Binous (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



O. Levenspiel, Chemical Reaction Engineering, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999.

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