Design and 3D print a continuous flow reactor


Project Description

High-added value chemicals and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are normally produced using batch technology. Some of those chemical compounds can be produced in continuous flow reactors (i.e. continuous manufacturing). Advanced techniques of manufacturing like 3D printing allow us to produce specific reactors that are optimized to produce a certain chemical or pharmaceutical component. Such novel designs are of importance when heat of reaction needs to be evacuated faster or when improved mixing is required, etc. The current project aims to use digital tools to produce custom designs of continuous flow reactors. The student will also be involved in the production of the reactor and on its flow pattern characterization (determination of residence time distribution).
Program - Chemical Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
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Center Affiliation - Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center
Field of Study - reaction engineering ; transport phenomena ; digitalization

About the

Carlos Grande

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Carlos Grande

Desired Project Deliverables

Learn how to produce novel designs and transform them into high quality meshes for 3D printing. Rhino3D and Grasshopper will be used for parametric geometry design. Categorize the advantages, but also the limitations of 3D printing as a manufacturing tool for chemical reactors. Understand residence time distribution concepts and participate in a joint scientific publication.