The continuous industrial chemical processes are typically designed through steady-state conditions. Nevertheless, there is evidence that processes can be intensified by applying optimized forced periodic operation. Possible improvements in reactor performances caused by the implementation of forced periodic operation (FPO) can be successfully evaluated by applying a nonlinear frequency response (NFR) analysis, before experimental investigation. In this study, we will present the results of two case studies based on heterogeneously catalyzed methanol synthesis in a continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR). The first is an isothermal case, and the second is a more complicated and more realistic, non-isothermal case.
Keywords methanol synthesis, process intensification, nonlinear frequency response method, forced periodic operation, continuous stirred tank reactor