Interactive Self-Study Module: Energy Balance in Steady-State PFR

This module uses screencasts and interactive simulations to explain energy balances in plug flow reactors. It then provides example problems and a step-by-step quiz simulation to allow the user to test themselves. We suggest using the learning resources in the following order:

  1. Attempt to answer the multiple-choice ConcepTest and solve the example problem before watching the screencasts or working with the simulations.
  2. Watch the screencasts that describe energy balances and answer the questions within the screencasts.
  3. Use the two interactive simulations to further understand reactions in plug flow reactors.
  4. Use the quiz interactive simulation to test your understanding by constructing a conversion-temperature diagram for a reversible adiabatic reaction.
  5. Try to solve the three example problems before watching the solutions in the screencasts.
  6. Answer the ConcepTests.

 This module is intended for a kinetics/reactor design class.

Before studying this module, you should:

After studying this module, you should:
  • Be able to solve mass and energy balances simultaneously for a steady-state PFR.
  • Be aware that a PFR with exothermic reactions can exhibit sensitivity to feed conditions and model parameters.