Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1986, 51, 2727-2736

Analysis of the oscillatory behaviour of an industrial reactor for oxonation of propene: The CSTR model

Josef Horáka, Zdeněk Bělohlava, Petr Rosola and František Madronb

a Department of Organic Technology, Prague Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague 6
b Research Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, 400 60 Ústí nad Labem


The paper analyses the oscillatory states of an industrial reactor observed in the process aimed at enhancing its productivity. The model of a perfectly stirred continuous reactor was used for the analysis. Both the stable and the oscillatory states were found to have the same character while their stability depended on the ratio of the heat and mass capacities of the system. The model of the perfectly stirred reactor did not help us explain the observed instability unless a high value of the activation energy was used.