Suboptimal Design of an SO2-Oxidation Catalytic Reactor

J. David Paynter*, Joshua S. Dranoff, S. George Bankoff, J. David Paynter*

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A fixed-volume tubular reactor for oxidation of SO2 over commercial V2O5 catalyst is optimized with respect to reactor radius and surface heat flux as a function of axial distance. The suboptimal method employs ordinary functional-differential adjoint equations, rather than partial differential equations. It differs from weighted residual approximation methods in that the dimension of the state and adjoint equations are not the same. The suboptimal design shows a nearly constant radius in the absence of a temperature constraint.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-250
Number of pages7
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Process Design and Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1971

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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