Performance of a Plug Flow Reactor with Recycle

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Consider a second-order reaction (2A → B) with a reaction rate, , that takes place in a plug flow reactor with recycle. The recycle ratio is



The volume of the reactor needed to achieve a final conversion is given by


where is the volumetric flow rate, V is the reactor's volume, and is the reactor's conversion of species A.

There are two limiting cases:

gives a plug flow reactor without recycle case ( has the lowest value).

gives mixed flow reactor behavior ( has the highest value).


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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