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Accurate hydrogenated vegetable oil viscosity predictions for monolith reactor simulations

Albrand, Pierre and Julcour-Lebigue, Carine and Gerbaud, Vincent and Billet, Anne-Marie Accurate hydrogenated vegetable oil viscosity predictions for monolith reactor simulations. (2020) Chemical Engineering Science, 214. 115388. ISSN 0009-2509

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2019.115388

Abstract

The viscosity of edible oils was measured before and after hydrogenation to assess a new model for predicting the viscosity of partially hydrogenated oils with given saturation degree and temperature. This contribution group model is based on a semi-predictive approach, and can be used to estimate viscosity changes due to hydrogenation. It was experimentally validated using three different oils, and the results show an overall relative average deviation of 3.7%. The model was implemented in a transient CFD simulation of a three-phase monolith catalytic reactor for edible oil hydrogenation. Hydrogenation in Taylor flow was described with the unit cell approach. The influence of viscosity changes on the reaction yield and selectivity were investigated in relation with the coupling between hydrodynamics, mass transfer, and reaction kinetics. This effect proved to be significant in the former case; the reactor length was increased by a factor 1.5, yielding approximately 30% conversion.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02735452
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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