Scale-up strategy applied to solid-acid alkylation process

Mitrajit Mukherjee, James Nehlsen, Sankaran Sundaresan, G. Dan Suciu, John Dixon - Exelus Inc., Livingston, NJA new isoparaffin alkylation process using a solid-acid catalyst has recently been scaled up and proven in a pilot plant using a strategy outlined in this article.This new process is predicated on two key components: a unique, engineered solid-acid catalyst1 and a simple fixed-bed reactor that is designed to enhance the performance of the solid-acid catalyst.2 The engineered catalytic system has a highly structured pore architecture, which enhances transport processes within the catalytic system leading to better system stability.The larger pores provide efficient access and quick...

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