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Pilot-Plant Experiments

The scale-up of reactive distillation processes from the laboratory scale to full commercial scale is still an unsolved problem. One of the most important questions is whether the performance of large scale equipment can be predicted with the same approach as applied in the lab-scale. For future developments, this would allow us to dispense with costly and time-consuming experiments on the pilot scale.

The experimental data on the pilot scale were obtained using a column 316 mm in diameter. The non-reactive stripping and rectifying sections contained wire gauze packing, while the reactive section of the column was equipped with Katapak SP-12 from Sulzer. The elements contained the same catalyst as already used in the

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