New continuous reactor for process intensification
Certech is a Belgian Research center working on process intensification. This methodology improve the safety, efficiency and yield during a production process of chemicals, pharmaceutical compounds, etc.
Within the framework of the Intense4Chem projects portfolio
funded by the European Regional Development fund (ERDF), Certech is
developing continuous flow reactors to achieve the hydrothermal
synthesis or treatment of inorganic particles. Using continuous reactors
allows reducing the size of the installations, intensifying the heat
and mass transfer and eliminating the “dead times” related to the
feeding, heating, cooling and discharging cycles inherent to a batch
process. The safety, the overall efficiency of the process and the
product characteristics are as such significantly improved.
Manetco collaborated with Certech on the development of this new continuous reactor. A transparent version is used to validate the fluid dynamics (Figure 1a). The design is then reproduced in stainless steel to perform the experiment in real condition with a resistant material to high temperature, pressure and agressive chemicals (Figure 1b).
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