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  • Chemical Engineering Journal 166 (2011) 10901094

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    Keywords:Unsteady stateOptimal catalyForced perturbTemperature mConcentration

    ributin a

    to thing talso fe per

    1. Introdu

    One ofreactions, tconditions,

    In our prperiod of the cyclic perturbation was very large compared with thecharacteristic time of the catalytic act. In this paper intermediatemodediscussedbySilvestonet al. [3] is consideredwhere the aboveassumption [4,5], is not valid.

    In this paper, the objective is the determination of the optimalcatalyst disat anymomscheme pro

    2. Mathem

    Let us creaction sch

    Ak1B k2CFor a sym

    of active cathe form [6


    = De,i1x

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    Here the parameter represents different geometries (=0 forslab, =1 for cylindrical and =2 for sphere).

    With the rates Fi given for each constituent as:

    F1 = r1 + r3; F2 = r2 r1; F3 = r2; F4 = r3 (3)

    1385-8947/$ doi:10.1016/j.tribution, which maximizes the catalytic effectivenessent of time for a consecutive-parallel chemical reactionceeding under created unsteady state conditions.

    atical formulation of the problem

    onsider the following consecutive-parallel chemicaleme

    ; Ak3D (1)

    metric porous support with a nonuniform distributiontalyst, the nonsteady-state mass and heat balance have]



    ) Fi(C, T) (2a)

    ding author. Tel.: +213 553604453; fax: +213 36925133.ress: benguerbayacine@yahoo.fr (Y. Benguerba).

    It is assumed that thekinetic rates are simplepower lawmodels:

    ri = k0i (x) exp(


    )Ci (4)

    The rate constant density function (x) is dened as the ratio ofthe local preexponential factor k0

    i(x) to its volume averaged value

    k [7].

    a(x) = k0i(x)


    The density function must satisfy the following integral:



    a(x) dV = 1 (6)

    The boundary conditions used here are given by:


    = dTdx

    = 0 at x = 0 (7a)


    = Kc,i(Cf,i(t)CR,i); edTdx

    = h(Tf(t)TR) at x = R (7b)

    see front matter 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.cej.2010.11.073ement of the catalytic performances un

    enguerba , Brahim DjellouliGnie des Procds Chimiques, Universit Ferhat Abbas, Stif, Algeria

    e i n f o

    ugust 2010vised form 22 October 2010ovember 2010

    st distributionationodulationmodulation

    a b s t r a c t

    The problem of optimal activity distparallel reaction scheme proceedingprevious paper [1], is now extendedreactants inside the grain vary accordas in the case of quasi-steady state, isbetter catalytic performances for larg


    the objectives of this work is to show, for catalytichat while working under controlled nonsteady statethe catalytic performances will be improved.ecedent works [1,2] we have consider the case that the



    The1, 2, 3,om/ locate /ce j

    r non-steady state conditions

    ion in an nonisothermal catalyst pellet with a consecutive-created nonsteady state conditions already studied in our

    e case where the temperature and the concentrations of theo time. The same activity distribution, i.e., a Dirac function,ound optimal in this case. The studied perturbed system givesiods compared to time characteristic of the catalytic process.

    2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.







    (Hj)rj(C, T) (2b)

    ces (i) for the constituents A, B, C, and D are respectively4.

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    a(s) catalyst distribution functionBimBihC





    Greek letHjwie



    With thebation impis the same

    Cf,i(t) = Cf,i

    Tf(t) = Tf +

    Cf,i andthe bulk uthe perturb

    Sinus function is one of the perturbation functions used in theperiodic operations.

    Cf,i(t) = Cf,i + Cf,i1 sin(t) (9a)Tf +h1e rotfollo



    BimBiot number for the mass transfer (kcR/De)Biot number for the heat transfer (hR/e)reactant concentration inside the catalytic pellet,molm3

    reactant concentration in the extra-granular uidphase, molm3

    reactant concentration at the surface of the catalyticpellet, molm3

    heat capacity of the uid, J kg1 K1

    effective diffusion coefcient, m2 s1

    activation energy, calmol1

    rate of reaction, molm3 s1

    Tf(t) =Wit

    is thThe

    = DeR

    s = xR;dimensionless rate of reactionheat transfer coefcient, calm2 K1 s1

    mass transfer coefcient, ms1

    Lewis number, CpD/radius of catalytic pellet, mdimensionless concentrationdimensionless concentration at the surface pelletideal gas constant, Jmol1 K1

    dimensionless distance from center of the pelletcatalyst selectivity factor in steady state conditionscatalyst selectivity factor in unsteady state condi-tionsmean selectivity factor over the period, tctime of the process (s)uid temperature inside the catalytic pellet, Kuid temperature in the bulk uid, Kuid temperature at the surface of the pellet, Kcatalytic pellet volume, m3

    distance from the center of pellet, m

    tersheat of the jth reaction, Jmol1

    Lobatto coefcientsdimensionless temperatureThiele modulusdimensionless Prater numberdimensionless Arrhenius numbereffective pellet thermal conductivity,cal K1 m1 s1

    catalyst effectiveness under stationary conditionscatalytic effectiveness under the nonstationary con-ditionsaverage effectiveness over the period, tcdimensionless timedimensionless perturbation perioddensity of the uid, kgm3

    constraint that the mean value of the periodic pertur-osed for extragranular temperature and concentrationas used for the steady state case. And so we can write:

    + Cf,i(t), tc


    Cf,i(t) dt = 0 (8a)

    T f(t),


    Tf (t) dt = 0 (8b)

    Tf are the reactant concentrations and temperatures ofid in the steady state case; tc is the period of change ofation functions,

    Cf,i(t) and.

    T f(t)

    ki,f = ki exp

    3 =(H

    Using thdimensionl


    = 1s



    = 1s


    = 1s



    With the

    K31 =k3 ex

    k1 ex

    And the


    = dds



    = B


    = B


    = Bih

    Here weThe dim

    (+ 1) 1

    0Tf2 sin(t) (9b)

    and2 are theamplitudesof theperturbation functions;ation frequency (s1).wing dimensionless parameters are dened:


    ; Le =CpDe,1

    ; ui =CiCf,i

    ; = TTf


    ,i =kc,iR

    De,i; Bih =


    e; 2i =


    ; i =EiRTf


    ( EiRTf

    ); j =


    avec j = 1,2;


    ese parameters in Eqs. (2a) and (2b) the followingess differential equations are obtained:



    ) a(s)21

    1 exp(y1

    (1 1

    ))+ K31 exp


    (1 1




    ) a(s)

    [22u2 exp


    (1 1

    )) 21u1 exp


    (1 1






    )+ a(s)


    21u1 exp


    (1 1


    222u2 exp


    (1 1


    31321u1 exp


    (1 1


    constants and K31 given by:


    ; = De,1cf,1De,2cf,2

    ; x = De,1De,2

    boundary conditions:

    0 at s = 0 (11a)


    (1 + 1 sin



    ) u1,R



    (1 + 1 sin



    ) u2,R

    )(1 + 2 sin



    ) R

    )at s = 1 (11b)

    suppose Bim,1 =Bim,2 =Bim.ensionless form of Eq. (6) is given by:

    a(s)s ds = 1 (12)

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    Catalytic parameters are given by [8]:For the catalytic effectiveness:

    () = (+ 1)1 +




    (1 1



    And the

    S21() = 1

    0a 10

    The meaobtained va

    = c



    There isthe mean vstate obtain

    3. Numeri

    We needwhich max(13b), and sequations (

    The numcollocation mNC was takmore intern











    Avec i=1, NEq. (11b

    the orthogu2(NC+1) a

    NC+1j=1A(NC +


    NC +

    NC +

    resoary cungevalu

    wn aoptimr (13turelocatizeshm [


    perally with difculty by the control of two important parame-

    erature variation: any large thermal inertia tends to defeatffect of sudden changes in this variable.al catalyst position: the location of the catalyst distributione dependent (Fig. 1). To control the position of the activewhich must be changed in a periodic way, technically onemakemigrate collectively the active sites from the old opti-osition to the new one periodically according to the time ofrocess [2].

    2 shows us the mode of variation of the catalytic parame-cording to the sinusoidal perturbations of the concentrationsreactants and the temperature of the extra-granular uid.aphs obtained show the periodic character of the answersich is not sinusoidal (the perturbation of the entries is sinu-.K31 0

    1 exp(3

    (1 1

    ))]s ds (13a)


    (s){22u2 exp(2(1 1/)) + 21u1 exp(1(1 1/))}s ds

    a(s){21u1 exp(1(1 1/)) + K31 exp(3(1 1/))}s ds(13