Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering - (M.S.)


Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

First Advisor

Deran Hanesian

Second Advisor

Joseph Joffe

Third Advisor

Saul I. Kreps


The development of a computer program which determines the minimum space time of the methanol synthesis reactants is presented. Also, the optimum temperature profile along the catalytic reactor was predicted for a desired conversion at a given operating pressure, feed composition, and catalyst effectiveness factor.

The equilibrium conversion of methanol was determined at various reaction parameters. Rates of reaction were ascertained and maximized with respect to temperature for various conversions and given reaction parameters. The results, along with those obtained when the design equation was numerically integrated, were compared to published data. Equations were established for various sets of published bivariate and trivariate data. This led to the development of the optimization program determining the optimum space velocity and temperature profile for any given set of operating-parameters.

The developed programs are readily adapted to any set of operating conditions and thus should be of value to the chemical industry.



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