Alternative method to prevent thermal runaway in case of error on operating conditions continuous reactor

Lamiae Vernières-Hassimi, Sebastien Leveneur

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    Thermal runaway was studied in a continuous tubular pilot reactor under steady-state regime. Different accident scenarii were conducted by making some errors on reactant concentrations and/or temperature feed. To prevent thermal runaway, control by direct contact by solvent injection was used at different reactor locations. This injection allowed controlling the maximum reaction temperature. A simplified analytical method to estimate the maximum reaction temperature along the reactor was used.

    Benefit of this control method was the diminution of computational time. Furthermore, by injecting solvent to control maximum reaction temperature, there is no need to shut down the unit. The control method was validated experimentally.

    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)365–373
    JournalProcess Safety and Environmental Protection
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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