Cover page of International Journal of Chemical Reactor EngineeringAuthor(s): Raquel DE MARIA, Ismael DIAZ, Manuel RODRIGUEZ, Adrián SAIZ

Affiliation: Chemical Technology Laboratory, School of Industrial Engineering, Technical University of Madrid, c/José Guterriez Abascal 2, 28006, Madrid, Spain

Citation information: International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 469–477, ISSN (Online) 1542-6580, ISSN (Print) 2194-5748, DOI:

Abstract: “In this study, a detailed rigorous kinetic model is proposed for the industrial production of methanol taking into account changes in total mole flowrate. The kinetic model proposed is compared with the one proposed in literature (Rezaie et al., Chem Eng Process Process Intensification 2005;44:911–21), showing significant differences in terms of compositions and total mole flow. A complete simulation of the methanol production process is developed with a commercial software. The rigorous reactor model is integrated in the simulation using the CAPE OPEN standard. Flowsheet simulation is carried out, and results show small differences with those found in previous studies (Luyben, Ind Eng Chem Res 2010;49:6150–63).”

Comments: the authors are using the MATLAB Unit Operation wrapper developed and distributed by AmsterCHEM. They developed a reactor model. However, rather than plugging it directly in Aspen Plus, their process simulator of choice, they inserted this Unit Operation in COFE, then exported the small flowsheet around this unit operation as itself a CAPE-OPEN Unit Operation and it is this Unit Operation which has been plugged into Aspen Plus.