COILSIM1D boosts profitability of steam crackers by maximizing yields and optimizing the process, using highly accurate reactor simulations for a broad range of feedstocks, reactor geometries and operating conditions.
The Laboratory for Chemical Technology disposes of a pilot plant unit for the thermal cracking of hydrocarbons, next to a number of bench-scale units. These experimental set-ups are used to study the kinetics of cracking reactions and coke deposition.
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the tool of choice to investigate hydrodynamics in uni- and multiphase flows. In processes where spatial heterogeneity is important with respect to the performance, CFD allows for a better and faster process design and/or optimization.
Catalyst performance is expressed in terms of activity, selectivity and/or stability. Two 'high throughput kinetics' units are available allowing rapid screening and testing of (industrial) catalysts.
Holistic concept putting emphasis on the resource intake pattern and on the overall efficiency of the production and consumption chain through exergy analysis and exergetic life cycle analysis.