(324a) Electromagnetic Simulations Aided Stable Microwave Reactor Configuration
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 12:30pm to 12:55pm
In this talk, we present a novel strategy to mitigate these effects. By using electromagnetic simulations, we predict a new reactor configuration, called packed monoliths, consisting of catalytic particles packed in a SiC monolith. We show that the SiC monolith acts as a preferential absorber of microwaves, suppressing the hotspots arising inside the catalytic bed. We also highlight the role of wall thickness and material properties in suppressing hotspots. Experiments conducted with the predicted configuration show an order of magnitude improvement in productivity and the suppression of hotspot formation.