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Case Study: Methyl Acetate

Here we briefly discuss results from a case study on methyl acetate RD, in which, based on detailed investigations of thermodynamics [2] and fluid dynamics [3], different process models were not only compared with each other but also with experimental data. Full details are reported by Moritz [4].

Methyl acetate production is often used as an example to demonstrate the advantages of RD processes [5]. The basic set-up of the heterogeneously catalyzed methyl

Fig. 4.1 Heterogeneously catalyzed methyl acetate RD (MeOH = methanol, Hac = acetic acid, MeAc = methyl acetate, W = water; shaded = reaction zone)

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