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Application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to Determine the Influence of Fluid Dynamics on Desulfurization in Bench Scale Reactors

Nguyen, N. L.; Reimert, R.; Hardy, E. H.

The influence of fluid dynamics on the hydrodesulfurization (HDS) reactions of a diesel oil in bench-scale reactors was evaluated. The porosities and liquid saturations of catalyst beds were quantified by using the MRI technique. The gas-liquid systems used in the experiments were nitrogen diesel and hydrogen diesel. An apparatus was especially constructed, allowing in situ measurements of gas and liquid distributions in packed beds at elevated pressure and temperature up to 20 bar and 200 °C, respectively. The reactor itself had a length of 500 mm and an internal diameter of 19 mm. The packed beds used in this MRI study consisted of: (1) 2 mm diameter nonporous spherical glass beads and (2) 1.3 mm diameter porous Al2O3 trilobes having the same size as the original trilobe catalyst used in HDS bench-scale experiments. The superficial gas and liquid velocities were set within the range of trickle flow, e.g., u0G = 20–500 mm/s and u0L = 0.1–6 mm/s. In parallel with the MRI experiments, the hydrodesulfurization of a gas oil was investigated in a bench-scale plant. Its reactor had the same dimensions of the trickle-bed column used in th ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Engler-Bunte-Institut (EBI)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2006
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.1002/ceat.200600058
ISSN: 1521-4125
KITopen ID: 1000050224
Erschienen in Chemical Engineering & Technology
Band 29
Heft 7
Seiten 820-827
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