Phenylacetylene hydrogenation in a three-phase catalytic packed-bed reactor: experiments and model Academic Article uri icon


  • A mathematical model was developed for the cocurrent operation of a three-phase catalytic packed-bed reactor under both trickling- and pulsing-flow regimes. The local fluctuations of liquid-solid mass transfer, liquid flow rate, and liquid holdup in unsteady pulsing-flow were simulated as periodic square-wave functions. The transport properties employed in the model were obtained using published correlations, while expressions for the intrinsic reaction kinetics were taken from our previous work. The model results were found to be in good agreement with experimental data obtained from a laboratory-scale reactor, and verified the advantage of pulsing-flow operation over trickling-flow. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Huang, X., Wilhite, B., McCready, M. J., & Varma, A.

citation count

  • 11

publication date

  • August 2003