Chemical Engineering & Technology, Vol.41, No.10, 2043-2052, 2018
Improved Design of the Lurgi Reactor for Methanol Synthesis Industry
Current studies are devoted to promote the production yield of the methanol synthesis process for treating large feed capacities in Algerian methanol manufacture industry by designing new reactor technologies. In order to achieve a high yield of methanol, the performance of methanol synthesis is improved by substituting the quench reactor by a new Lurgi reactor. The design of operating parameters of the Lurgi reactor involves the effect of CO2 injection on methanol production yield and the catalyst deactivation. The simulation results demonstrate that under the same industrial operating conditions the conversion rate of reactants increases from 23% in the quench reactor to 37% in the Lurgi reactor and the methanol yield can be increased by 33% when substituting the quench reactor by the Lurgi reactor.