Design Level of Operation for the Jacketed Stirred Reactor Process

The jacketed stirred reactor process has a reactant feed stream entering
the top of the vessel. A chemical reaction converts most of this feed into
desired product as the material passes through what is essentially a
stirred tank. The stream exiting the bottom of the vessel includes the
newly created product plus that portion of the feed that did not convert
while in the vessel.
This well mixed reactor has additional considerations. For example, the
residence time, or overall flow rate of reactant feed plus product through
the vessel, is constant. Also, the chemical reaction that occurs is
exothermic, which means that heat energy is released as feed converts to
The heat energy causes the temperature of the material in the vessel to
rise. As temperature rises, the conversion of feed to product proceeds
faster, leading to the release of even more heat...
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