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Synthesis of 2-Ethylhydroanthraquinone for the Production of Hydrogen


Peroxide in a Catalytic Slurry Reactor: Design Case
Fayyaz Khan M.1, Qudsia Ramzan1, Ahmad Mukhtar2, Umar Shafiq2 and Ali Feroz Khan2
1
Material Division, Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, PAKISTAN
2
Department of Chemical Engineering, NFC Institute of Engineering and Fertilizer Research Faisalabad, PAKISTAN
Available online at: www.isca.in, www.isca.me
Received 20th July 2015, revised 4th August 2015, accepted 16th August 2015
Abstract
The demand of hydrogen peroxide in the international market is increasing because of its one of the most environment
friendly chemical feature which is available in different grades with a wide range of applications. According to the demand
in international market 3000kt/year is being produced by a traditional autoxidation method which is known as 2-
ethylanthraquinone process. The purpose of this research is to design a catalytic slurry reactor which give maximum
efficiency of hydrogenation reaction for this purpose we perform a list of experiments inthe synthesis of 2-
ethylhydroanthraquinone for the hydrogen peroxide production in a catalytic slurry reactor in the lab. Catalyst is available
in the spherical form and some useful data is collected some from experiment and some from literature and a design of slurry
type catalytic hydrogenator is present in this paper.

Keywords: Hydrogen peroxide, 2-Ethylanthraquinone, catalyst, slurry reactor.

Introduction silica catalyst then results shows that activation energy increases
as the particle diameter of the catalyst which is available in the
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in widely used in almost all spherical is decreases5.
industrial areas, particularly in chemical industry and
environment protection. One of the most important feature of The hydrogenation of 2-ethylanthraquinone in a catalytic reactor
the hydrogen peroxide is that is usage does not yields any that the reaction rate is very high and the mass transfer layers
secondary pollution and it has a wide range of applications as are come into existences due to three phase catalytic reaction.
rocket propulsion fuel, paper making, chemical synthesis, we calculate the gas-liquid and liquid-solid co-efficient are
environmental protection, food processing, medical sterilization calculated6.
and other fields. It is the only one germicidal agent composed of
hydrogen and oxygen1. Reaction Mechanism
2-Ethylanthraquinone (2-EAQ) is a key component of Previous research shows that the hydrogenation of 2-
anthraquinone process for the production of hydrogen peroxide, ethylanthraquinone is zero order reaction with respect to
pharmaceuticals, and many other useful chemicals. With the hydrogen and 1st order reaction with respect to the 2-
increasing demands of hydrogen peroxide in the international ethylanthraquinone7-10. The reaction on silica-alumina supported
market it needs to increase the production of 2- palladium catalysts PD/AL-SI (pd 2%) is very fast. previous
ethylanthraquinone (2-eaq)2. research on the 2-ethylanthraquinone hydrogenation
demonstrate that when we use hydrogen as a key component it
Slurry reactors are three phase reactors, meaning that they can follows zero order kinetics and when we use 2-
be react solids, liquids and gases simultaneously. They can ethylanthraquinone as a key component it follows the 1st order
operate in either semi batch or continuous mode3. In this well- kinetics11.
established Anthraquinone process for the production of
hydrogen peroxide first of all the key component 2- A 2-ethylhydroanthraquinone (2-EHAQ) which is generated
ethylanthraquinone is hydrogenated in a catalytic slurry reactor before from the corresponding 2-ethylanthraquinone (2-EAQ)
which produce 2-ethylhydroanthraquinone and the further air by catalytic hydrogenation with silica-alumina supported
oxidation of 2-ethylhydroanthraquinone yields hydrogen palladium catalysts pd/al-si (pd 2%) and the organic phase react
peroxide along with the regeneration of the key component 2- under formation of the anthraquinone and hydrogen peroxide12.
ethylanthraquinone. We use palladium-alumina supported
catalyst in the spherical form is used in this research4.

Previous research shows that when we use palladium alumina-

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C 

 

(1)

Also we know that: 1/Ws = 1/0.0001 = 10000, For 5%


palladium-alumina catalyst, 1/ws = 10000 0.05
so: 1/ws = 500 and for 1000 rpm, from graph13. We find c/ =
0.032 m3 mole-1 sec. Also: Henry enry constant for hydrogen = h =
1.2821 m3 mole-1 atm. Partial
artial pressure of hydrogen gas = ph2 =

1.2821
Design Calculations 1.2 atm. Put
ut all of these values in above equation we get
0.032 
We select a slurry type semi batch reactor for this research 1.2  K  a 
1.2821
K  a  
1.2  0.032
1.2821
K  a  
0.0384
K  a   33.388 sec 

Specific Surface Area: The specific surface area of catalyst is


given by this relation13.

a   w  "  "

(2)
! !

As we know that: catalyst loading = ws = 0.0001 kgcat kgliquid-1,


catalyst particle diameter = dp = 2510-6 m
density of ethyl-anthraquinone = # = 1231 kg/m3,
catalyst density = $ = 1500 kg/m3

6 1231
Put all of these values in above equation we get
a   0.0001  " "
25  10  1500
0.7386
a   "
Figure-1
37500  10
Following catalysts can be used: Raney Nickel catalyst

a   0.0000196  10
Palladiumalumina
alumina catalyst, Chromium Nickel catalyst

a   19.6 m* +
,
-., m/ 01231
The selected catalyst is Palladiumalumina alumina catalyst. The
properties of the selected catalyst are given in table
table-1

Table-1
Mass Transfer Resistances Thiele Modulus: Thiele Modulus is given by the formula13.

7 !
5% Palladium
Palladium-
  L6
Name
89::.
Alumina (3)

Catalyst Particle Diameter dp 2510-6 m


As we know that14: L = R/3 = dp/6 = 2510-6/6 = 4.166610-6
3
Catalyst Density p 1500 Kg/m Rate Constant14 = k = 3.210-6 m3 Kg-1 sec.-1
?@AB
Now also we know that15: D  1..05  10* exp > D
0.0001 KgCat
Catalyst Loading WS C
KgLiquid-1
Reaction Temperature = T = 60 Co = 333.15 K
13
The Mass Transfer Resistance is given by this relation .
So put the value in the above equation in order to calculate the
diffusivity of hydrogen gas

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E*F
rSTU  65.68  0.9926
D  1.05  10* exp >///.ED
rSTU  65.1939 mole m/ hr 
D  1.05  10* exp GH.E*EI
D  1.05  10*  0.01 rSTU  0.01810 mole m/ sec 
Or

D  0.0105  10* cm* sec 


Volume of Reactor: The volume of reactor is given by the
or formula14.
D  0.0105  10 m* sec 

^_ ca
` ab da
(6)

Now put all of these values in the above equation in order to We want to design our Reactor for 80% Conversion so.
calculate the Thiele Modulus we get
3.2  10  1500
  4.1666  10 J
Conversion = XA = 80% = 0.8
0.0105  10
Hydrogen Flow Rate = Vo = 2 L/min = 0.0000333 m3/sec.

1500  3.2
  4.1666  10 J
Initial concentration of ethyl-anthraquinone = CAo= 2.79510-4
0.0105 mole/cm3 = 2.795102 mole/cm3 = 2.795 mole/m3

  4.1666  10 457142.8571 As we know that


  4.1666  10 
 676.1234
  2817.135  10
Molar feed rate = FAo = CAo Vo = 0.00003332.795 = 0.0093
 mole/sec.
  0.0028 Now put the values in the above equation in order to calculate
the volume of reactor we get.

Vd 0.8
Effectiveness Factor: The effectiveness factor is given by the
formula13. 

,
LM N 0.0093 0.01810
0.8
N
(4)
Vd   0.0093
0.01810
0.00744
Put the value of thiele modulus in above equation in order to

tanh 0.0088 Vd 
calculate the effectiveness factor of catalyst.
 0.01810
0.0088 0.00744
 1.00 Vd 
0.01810
Rate of Reaction: Basis = 1 hour Operation, The Rate of Vd  0.411m/
Reaction is given by the Formula16.
Area of Cooling Jacket: The Area of Jacket which is in the
?@V.BW@
rSTU  65.68exp > D
form of Annulus can be calculated by this formula17.
XC (5)
Ag  GR* r * I (7)
Where: General gas constant = R = 8.314 J mole-1 K-1, Partial
pressure of hydrogen gas = PH2 = 1.2 atm, reaction temperature
V  r * h
Also we know that.
= T = 60 Co = 333.15 K, Put all these values in above equation (8)
in order to calculate the rate of reaction we get
Y.FH
For reactor the rule of thumb is.
rSTU  65.68exp >
Z./H///.E
D.*

*F.HH[*
L/D = 3
rSTU  65.68exp >
Z*YYZ.ZF
D

rSTU  65.68expF.FFY/E
L = 3D

Put in volume formula we get

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V  r * 3D 953.10618
m
45.98
Kg
m  20.728
Put D = 2r we get
V  r * 6r hr
V  6r /
Material of Construction: The selection criteria for the reactor
Put the values we get. construction material are tensile strength, temperature
0.411  6  3.14  r / conditions, corrosion resistance, cost.
0.411  18.84  r /
0.411
Because of better tensile strength, useful at temperature greater

r/ 
than 700F, good corrosion resistance and cheaper we select
18.84 stainless steel (ss) as a reactor construction material19.
r /  0.0218
Specification Sheet
r  0.0218
j

r  0.2793 m
Hydrogenation efficiency increase with the increase in the
pressure anddecrease with the increase in liquid hourly space
velocity (LHSV)20.
Let the inner diameter of outer pipe is: R = 0.5 m Table-2
Effect of Pressure and LHSV
Put in the above equation to fine out the area of jacket we get. Slurry Stirred Semi Batch
Reactor Name
Ag  3.14G0.5* 0.2793* I
Reactor
Mass Transfer Resistance 33.388 sec 
Ag  3.14G0.25 0.078I Specific Surface Area 19.6 m* +
,
-., m/ 01231
Ag  3.14  0.172 Thiele Modulus 0.0028
Ag  0.54008 m Effectiveness Factor 1.00
Rate of Reaction 0.01810 molem/ sec 
0.411m/
Q g  Um Am nTp Tg q
As we know that: Volume of Reactor
0.54008 m
(9)
Area of Jacket
Where: Overall heat transfer co-efficient 18
= UJ = 65 Flow Rate Through Jacket 20.728 Kg/hr
Btu/hr.ft2.oF (for cooling water and organics), area of jacket =
a m = 0.54008 m, water entering temperature = TJ1 = 301K, water
Material of Construction Stainless Steel
leaving temperature = tj2 = 312k, average temperature = TJ =
(TJ1 + TJ2)/2 = (301 + 312)/2 = 306k, reaction temperature = TR Results and Discussion
= 60 co = 333.15 K
We find a reactor size of 0.411m3 for 80% conversion of the
Put the value in above equation we get
hydrogenation reaction at 60co at atmospheric pressure. Which
Q g  65  0.54008G333.15 306I
the optimized reactor size with construction material stainless

Q g  35.1052G27.15I
steel (SS) and catalyst silica-alumina supported palladium
catalysts Pd/Al-Si (Pd 2%).
Btu
Q g  953.10618
hr
Conclusion
Now as we know that In this research we conclude that we got maximum conversion

Q g  mC nTg* Tg q


of 2-Ethylanthraquinone in to 2-Ethylhydroanthraquinone with
(10) the optimized reactor size of 0.411m3 in the presence of
Palladium Alumina-Silica (Pd 2%) supported catalyst in a
Put the values we get Slurry Reactor. Due to three phase chemical reaction we

953.10618  m  4.18G312 301I


recommend Slurry Reactor with the catalyst in spherical form
having effectiveness factor 1. Due to multiphase chemical
953.10618  m  45.98
reaction Gas-Liquid and Liquid-Solid Mass Transfer layers are
also come into existences which are measured accurately.

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