In a reactive distillation column, both the chemical conversion and the distillative separation of the product mixture are carried out simultaneously. Through this integrative strategy, chemical equilibrium limitations can be overcome, higher selectivities can be achieved and heat of reaction can be directly used for distillation. Increased process efficiency and reduction of investments and operational costs are the direct results of this approach. Highly renowned international experts from both industry and academia review the state-of-the-art and the future directions in application, design, analysis and control of Reactive Distillation processes. Part I surveys various industrial applications and covers both established large scale processes as well as new chemical reaction schemes with high future potential. Part II provides the vital details for analysis of reactive phase equilibria, and discusses the importance of chemical reaction kinetics, while Part III focuses on identifying feasible column configurations and designing their internal structure.
Analysis and control of the complex dynamic and steady-state behavior of reactive distillation processes are described in Part IV. Reactive Distillation - a very promising alternative to conventional reaction-distillation flow schemes.
Kai Sundmacher and Achim Kienle are the authors of Reactive Distillation: Status and Future Directions, published by Wiley.
Preface. List of Contributors. PART I: INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS. Industrial Applications of Reactive Distillation. Reactive Distillation Process Development in the Chemical Process Industries. Application of Reactive Distillation and Strategies in Process Design. PART II: PHYSICOCHEMICAL FUNDAMENTALS. Thermodynamics of Reactive Separations. Importance of Reaction Kinetics for Catalytic Distillation Processes. PART III: PROCESS DESIGN. Feasibility and Process Alternatives for Reactive Distillation. Hardware Selection and Design Aspects for Reactive Distillation Columns. Development of Unstructured Catalytic Packing for Reactive Distillation Processes. PART IV: MODELING AND PROCESS CONTROL. Modeling of Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Reactive Distillation Processes. Nonlinear Dynamics and Control of Reactive Distillation Processes. Index.