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Industrial Process Scale-up by Jan Harmsen

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Chapter 9

Industrial Scale-Up Cases

9.1 Liquid–Liquid Extractive Reaction Case

When working as an advising technologist at a manufacturing plant of my company I became involved in a very interesting scale-up case. The existing process was a batch process in which an organic chloride component was converted with an aqueous alkaline solution into a hydrocarbon and a salt. The organic component was in an organic liquid phase and the alkaline was in the aqueous phase. The alkaline transferred to the organic phase, reacted and the salt transferred back to the aqueous phase.

Because of market growth for the product more production capacity was needed. To save operator cost and capital cost a continuous process was considered and developed. In the new ...

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