Course Details

Subject {L-T-P / C} : CH2210 : Chemical Reaction Engineering {3-0-0 / 3}
Subject Nature : Theory
Coordinator : Prof. Sujit Sen


Introduction: Reaction rate laws and stoichiometry Classifications of reactions order and molecularity of reaction and its determination, theory on reaction: collision theory and activated complex theory analysis of data. Isothermal Reactor Design: Design of Batch reactor (BR), continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR), plug flow reactor (PFR), packed-bed reactor (PBR) for single ideal reactions, multiple reactions reaction mechanism and pathways introduction to enzyme kinetics. Non-isothermal reactors. Catalysts and catalytic reactions: classification of catalysts, catalyst deactivation, external diffusion effects on heterogeneous reactions, diffusion and reaction in solid catalysts general mechanism of catalytic reactions, adsorption isotherms. Multiphase reactions. Non-ideal Reactors: causes of non-ideality residence time distribution (RTD)- Measurements and characteristics of RTD, models for non-ideal reactors.

Course Objectives

  1. To train students how to analyze chemical reactors and reaction systems.
  2. To provide practice at developing critical and creative thinking skills related to reaction engineering.
  3. To enable students to analyze the kinetic data, and to estimate kinetic parameters.
  4. To provide practice with computer software and simulation relating to chemical reaction engineering.

Course Outcomes

Students will be able to
1. Design chemical reactors and processes using minimum amount of data
2. Design experiments to get optimum product yield and selectivity.
3. Increase capacity and/or selectivity and/or safety by improving/changing the reactor type/sequence and/or operating conditions

Essential Reading

  1. H. S. Fogler, Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering,, Prentice Hall , 5th Edition, 2016.
  2. O. Levenspiel, Chemical Reaction Engineering, John Wiley & Sons , 3rd edition, 1999

Supplementary Reading

  1. G. F. Froment, K. B. Bischoff and J. D. Wilde, Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design, John Wiley , 3rd edition, 2010
  2. J. M. Smith, Chemical Engineering Kinetics, Mcgraw-Hills , 3rd edition, 1981