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Optimization of a water gas shift reaction

by Christian Figueroa


Submitted : Spring 2015

In this project, one will explore a water gas shift reaction that takes place within a Fischer-Tropsch reactor. The constant temperature of this reaction provides a constant for the equilibrium, and with the use of calculus tools, one can find the required rate of flow of two components of the reaction and convert it into a function. By using the function, calculus can be applied to find the optimum rate of flow of stea, (H2O) that can produce the most hydrogen (H2) in an efficient manner. Producing a function for a distance between the function of both rate of flows and a theoretical point that represents the desired flow can only do this.




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Advisors :
Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics
Scott Campbell, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
Suggested By :
Scott Campbell