Computational Fluid Dynamics based design of steam cracking reactors using detailed kinetic models

01 October 2011 → 31 December 2014
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Automotive engineering
    • Catalysis and reacting systems engineering
    • Chemical product design and formulation
    • General chemical and biochemical engineering
    • Process engineering
    • Separation and membrane technologies
    • Transport phenomena
    • Other (bio)chemical engineering
detailed kinetics steam cracking CFD
Project description

Steam cracking of hydrocarbons is the main process for the production of almost all valuable organic base chemicals, especially ethylene and propylene. The goal of this work is to develop a 3D model to accurately simulate both kinetics and flow in steam cracking reactors. This will allow to predict the influence of process conditions and reactor geometry on conversion, product yields and coking behavior, thus greatly enhancing the design of steam cracking units.