CHE 4253

Aspen Homework #1, due Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Homework Submission Guidelines: Submit ONE Word or PDF file with the requested values and tables, along with
a separate Aspen simulation file (compound file type) for each problem all combined in ONE compressed (zipped)
folder. Homework files must be submitted to the D2L Dropbox by Midnight on the due date. *Failure to follow the
above guidelines may result in loss of all credit for the assignment.

Problem #1, PBR (60% credit)
Part A: The following theoretical vapor-phase reaction takes place in an industrial packed bed reactor:
??(?) + ?2?(?) → ??2(?) + ?2(?)

?( ???? ?3 ∗ ? ) = ?0 ∗ ?

Kinetic parameters: ?? = 15500 ?? ???? ;

-??/ ??

?0 = 1 ∗ 10−5;


[This reaction can be well approximated with the Peng-Robinson equation of state]
This reaction takes place in a well-insulated packed bed reactor containing 50 tubes, each 50 ft in length
and 1 ft in diameter. The catalyst particles within the reactor have a density of 2.5 g/cc, and the packing
of this catalyst within the reactor results in a bulk density of 1.75 g/cc. This catalyst minimum pressure
drop across the reactor is 12 psi.
The inlet to the reactor is 8 kmol/min of 45 mol% CO (remainder water) at a temperature and pressure
of 425 °C and 15 bar, respectively. Simulate this in Aspen.
What is the temperature at the outlet of the reactor? What conversion is achieved? What is the
remaining water fraction in the outlet?
Part B: Next you realize that the products can be theoretically carried out to produce Methanol and
preform reaction kinetics to find the necessary equilibrium constants and reaction rate.
CO2(g) + 3H2 (g)  CH3OH (g) + H2O (g)
Kinetic Parameters: EA2=61.1 kJ mol-1 k0= 90.4 * 10-(1.40+.26);

n= 0 @ reference temperature 240C

You ideally separate the water and carbon monoxide (Add constraint) from the product stream and
assume that the same packed-bed designed before can be utilized for this reaction.
What conversion is achieved when the inlet to the second packed-bed equals the same exit temperature
as the outlet from part a? How would you increase this conversion?
Submit a stream table containing mole AND mass flows, and mole AND mass fractions of all components
on your Word/PDF file

(Use UNIFAC method) Water is used as an ideal solvent for this extraction due to its low cost and high solubility of acetone. It is available in the area at a temperature and pressure of 25 °C and 1 atm. This stream is run through a liquid-liquid exchange column to remove the acetone to an acceptable limit (1 +/. LLE (40% Credit) An industrial process produces a byproduct stream of ethylbenzene contaminated with 10 mol% acetone at a temperature and pressure of 25 °C and 1 atm at a rate of 10 lb/min.0.5 mol% acetone) before being recycled to the start of the process. Determine the minimum (Hint: Use Optimization) amount of water required to meet the acetone constraint (Hint: Add a Constraint) for the ethylbenzene stream. . Even though it is cheap.CHE 4253 Problem #2. and can be approximated to run isothermally and isobarically at the above inlet conditions. The existing column contains 4 stages (each 80% efficient). What is this amount (in lbs/hr)? What utility is required to pump this amount of water if operating for a full business year (8760 hrs)? What would be the annual cost of running this pump (Use EIA utility costs for 2015 for industry)? Submit a stream table containing mass flows and mass fractions of all components on a Word/PDF file. it is desired to use as little water as possible to achieve the desired low acetone limit. You may solve the annual cost either through Aspen or by hand.