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17.12 Energy Balances for Reactions | Click here. | 20 | 1 |
Equilibrium constants and adiabatic reactor calculations with Excel (uakron.edu, 6 min) We previously discussed adiabatic reactor calculations in Section 3.6 with application to the dimethyl ether process. At that time, we accepted the expression for equilibrium constant as given. In Chapter 17, we must recognize how to compute the equilibrium constant for ourselves. This presentation illustrates the calculations for Example 17.9. These kinds of calculations often occur in the context of an overall process, rather than in isolation. Therefore, the presentation shows how to apply Eqn 3.5b with pathway 2.6c to characterize the enthalpies of process streams and solve for the extent of reaction and adiabatic outlet temperature simultaneously. Comprehension Questions: 1. Suppose the reactor inlet feed was: kmol/hr of 110 N2, 300 H2, 15NH3 and 16 CH4. Solve for the adiabatic reactor temperature and extent of reaction in that case. |

07.08 Matching The Critical Point | Click here. | 20 | 1 | |

09.10 - Saturation Conditions from an Equation of State | Click here. | 20 | 1 |
Solving for the saturation pressure using PREOS.xls simply involves setting the temperature and guessing pressure until the fugacities in vapor and liquid are equal. (5min, learncheme.com) It is not shown, but it would also be easy to set the pressure and guess temperature until the fugacities were equal in order to solve for saturation temperature. One added suggestion would be to type in the shortcut vapor pressure (SCVP) equation to give an initial estimate of the pressure. Rearranging the SCVP can also give an initial guess for Tsat when given P. This presentation illustrates a Comprehension Questions: 1. Estimate the vapor pressure (MPa) of n-pentane at 450K according to the PREOS. Compare your result to the value from Eq. 2.47 (SCVP) and to the Antoine equation using the coefficients given in Appendix E. What do you think explains the observations that you make? |

06.2 Derivative Relations | Click here. | 20 | 1 |
Assembling your derivative toolbox including the triple product rule, (uakron.edu, 13min) Beginning with the fundamental property relation, substitutions lead to Eqns. 6.4-6.7. Differentiating these and equating through exact differentials leads to Eqns. 6.29-6.32 (aka. Maxwell's Relations). Combining Maxwell's Relations with Eqns. 6.4-6.7 leads to Eqns. 6.37-6.41. With these tools in hand, and Eqn. 6.15 (aka. Triple Product Rule), you have all the tools you need to quickly transform any derivative into "expressions involving Cp, Cv, P, V, T, and their derivatives." This capability is fundamental to obtaining expressions for U, H, and S from any given equation of state for any chemical of interest. T/∂S)V, (∂T/∂V), (∂_{S}S/∂V)A,Comprehension Questions: 1. Transform the following into "expressions involving 2. Transform the following into "expressions involving |

06.2 Derivative Relations | Click here. | 20 | 3 |
Heat Capacity Volume Dependence (uakron.edu, 10min) This example derives how the heat capacity of the gas depends on volume, ie. (∂ Comprehension Questions: 1. The van der Waals (vdW) equation of state (EOS) is: |

03.6 - Energy Balance for Reacting Systems | Click here. | 20 | 1 |
In case you need a little extra help on energy balances after iterating mass balances, this video walks you through the process. (8min, uakron.edu) for the same process flow diagram related to dimethyl ether synthesis. Comprehension Questions: 1. Choose any process flow diagram from your material and energy balances (MEB) textbook that has a recycle stream. Solve the problem using this technique and compare to the answer you obtained in MEB class. Estimate stream enthalpies for every stream and compute the overall energy balance of all product streams to all feed streams. Does the process require net heat addition or removal? |

05.2 - The Rankine cycle | Click here. | 20 | 1 |
Rankine Example Using Steam.xls (uakron.edu, 15min) High pressure steam (254C,4.2MPa, Saturated vapor) is being considered for application in a Rankine cycle dropping the pressure to 0.1MPa; compute the Rankine efficiency. This demonstration applies the Steam.xls spreadsheet to get as many properties as possible. Comprehension Questions: 1. Why does the proposed process turn out to be impractical? 2. What would you need to change in the process to make it work? Assume the high and low temperature limits are the same. Be quantitative. 3. What would be the thermal efficiency of your modified process? |

Visualizing the vdW EOS (uakron.edu, 16min) Building on solving for density, describes plotting dimensionless isotherms of the vdW EOS for methane at 5 temperatures, two subcritical, two supercritical, and one at the critical condition. From these isotherms in dimensionless form, it is possible to identify the critical point as the location of the inflection point where the temperature first exits the 3-root region. This method can be adapted to any equation of state, whether it is cubic or not. The illustration was adapted from a

sample test problem. This screencast also addresses the meaning of the region where the pressure goes negative, with a (possibly disturbing) story about a blood-sucking octopus.Comprehension Questions:

1. What are the dimensions of the quantity (

bP/RT)?2. Starting with the expression for

Z(ρ,T), rewrite the vdW EOS to solve for the quantity (bP/RT) in terms of (bρ) and (a/bRT).3. Consider the following EOS:

Z= 1 + 2bρ/(1-2bρ) - (a/bRT) /(1-bρ)^{2}. Estimate the value ofbP_{c}/(RT_{c}) for this EOS.4. Consider the following EOS:

Z= 1 + 2bρ/(1-2bρ) - (a/bRT) /(1-bρ)^{2}. Estimate the value of (a/bRT) for this EOS._{c}5. Compute the values of

a(J-cm^{3}/mol^{2}) andb(cm^{3}/mol) for methane according to this new EOS.