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Design of a radio frequency heated isothermal micro-trickle bed reactor

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/05/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Chemical Engineering Journal
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)225-233
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English



A near-isothermal micro-trickle bed reactor operated under radio frequency heating was developed. The reactor bed was packed with nickel ferrite micro-particles of 110 mu m diameter, generating heat by the application of RF field at 180 kHz. Hydrodynamics in a co-current configuration was analysed and heat transfer rates were determined at temperature ranging from 55 to 100 degrees C. A multi-zone reactor bed of several heating and catalytic zones was proposed in order to achieve near-isothermal operations. Exact positioning, number of the heating zones and length of the heating zones composed of a mixture of nickel ferrite and a catalyst were determined by solving a one dimensional model of heat transfer by conduction and convection. The conductive losses contributed up to 30% in the total thermal losses from the reactor. Three heating zones were required to obtain an isothermal length of 50 mm with a temperature non-uniformity of 2 K. A good agreement between the modelling and experimental results was obtained for temperature profiles of the reactor. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.