Imperial College London

Prof. Sandro Macchietto

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Professor of Process Systems Engineering



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BibTex format

author = {Bretelle, D and Macchietto, S},
doi = {10.1016/0098-1354(93)80245-I},
journal = {Computers and Chemical Engineering},
pages = {S317--S322},
title = {Dynamic simulation of a PVC batch reactor},
url = {},
volume = {17},
year = {1993}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - A kinetic model was presented recently by Xie et al (1991) to describe the complex reactions occuring in the suspension polymerisation of vinyl chloride to polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The model had been obtained in laboratory conditions; nonetheless the author suggested that it could be used for design and operation of large reactors. In this paper, the dynamic simulation model of an industrial scale polymerisation reactor is presented, incorporating the above kinetic model but for slightly different process conditions. A number of changes were required, and several parameters in the model had to be adjusted to match the measured plant conditions. The process of identifying and fitting the parameters to be adjusted is detailed. The final model matches very well plant data for several product grades and initiators.The model is then used to simulate the entire reaction process, including startup, temperature control and shut down. The predictive abilities of the model are explored in some unusual conditions, including a runaway case, for which plant data were available. The use of the model for operator training is briefly discussed. © 1992, Pergamon Press Ltd. All rights reserved.
AU - Bretelle,D
AU - Macchietto,S
DO - 10.1016/0098-1354(93)80245-I
EP - 322
PY - 1993///
SN - 0098-1354
SP - 317
TI - Dynamic simulation of a PVC batch reactor
T2 - Computers and Chemical Engineering
UR -
VL - 17
ER -