Residence time distribution enhancement in reactors using oscillatory flow

M. R. Mackley, P. Stonestreet, E. P L Roberts, X. Ni

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    In this paper the published and ongoing research concerning oscillatory flow in baffled tubes is reviewed. A number of key features are identified. Using this technology it is possible to achieve a near plug flow behaviour and a long residence time with a relatively short tubular reactor. Oscillatory flow in baffled tubes has been shown to enhance process engineering properties such as mixing, heat transfer and gas-liquid mass transfer. The technology is well suited to multi-phase system. Furthermore, it is possible to control the performance of the device independently from the throughput using the amplitude and frequency of oscillation. A number of potential applications are identified for evaluation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)541-545
    Number of pages4
    JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1996


    • Oscillatory flow
    • Plug flow
    • Reactor


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