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Transient distributions of composition and temperature in a gas-solid packed bed reactor by near-infrared tomography

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  • Meabh Nic An tSaoir
  • Daniel Luis Abreu Fernandes
  • Michael McMaster
  • Kuniyuki Kitagawa
  • Christopher Hardacre
  • Farid Aiouache
Journal publication date1/05/2012
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Number of pages10
Original languageEnglish


Near-infrared diffuse tomography was used in order to observe dynamic behaviour of flowing gases by measuring the 3D distributions of composition and temperature in a weakly scattering packed bed reactor, subject to wall effects and non-isothermal conditions. The technique was applied to the vapour phase hydrogen isotopic exchange reaction in a hydrophobic packing of low aspect ratio made of platinum on styrene divinyl benzene sulphonate copolymer resin. The results of tomography revealed uneven temperature and composition maps of water and deuterated water vapours in the core-packed bed and in the vicinity of the wall owing to flow maldistribution. The dynamic lag between the near-wall water vapour and deuterated water vapour compositions were observed suggesting that the convective transfer which was significant near the wall at the start, owing to high porosity, was also effective at large conversions. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.