Product Distribution Curves for Laminar, Plug, and Mixed Flows

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Consider a two-step first-order irreversible reaction in series, A → B → C. This Demonstration gives product distribution curves for the laminar flow (LFR), the plug flow (PFR), and the mixed flow (MFR) reactors. The amount of intermediate formed increases from MFR (red curve) to LFR (green curve) and finally to PFR (blue curve). Deriving expressions for the LFR case is involved (see reference 1).

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




[1] M. M. Johnson, "Correlation of Kinetic Data from Laminar Flow–Tubular Reactors", Industrial & Engineering Chemical Fundamentals, 9(4), 1970 pp. 681–684.

[2] O. Levenspiel, Chemical Reaction Engineering, 3rd ed., New York, NY: Wiley, 1999.

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