Modeling of a trickle bed reactor: Study of arabinose oxidation on gold catalyst extrudates

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A comprehensive trickle bed reactor model for simulation purposes was developed in this work As an industrially relevant case study, the model was applied on selective sugar oxidation to sugar acid on gold catalyst extrudates. The obtained results revealed that the maximum conversion for extrudates is only 25% for a reactor length of 0.5 m and diameter of 1 cm, which is due to slow mass transfer inside the catalyst layer and external mass transfer limitations. Variation of the residence time and the reactor length revealed that a reactor length of 2m minimum is required to achieve complete conversion of the sugar (arabinose) to the corresponding sugar acid (arabinonic acid).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-0-443-15274-0
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1570-7946


  • Dynamic model
  • Extudates
  • gProms
  • Oxidation
  • Trickle Bed Reactor


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