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Ensure Your Chemical Process Is Safe
Chemical process safety is concerned with ensuring that the energy released by the reaction can be safely removed from the reactor without the risk of thermal runaway or explosion. Simple at the laboratory scale, it becomes progressively more difficult throughout scale-up, due to the changing ratio of heat removal capacity to reactor volume. Thus, an exothermic process which runs safely in the laboratory may be spectacularly unsafe to run at plant scale. It is critical to fully understand the risks inherent in moving to the larger scale before manufacturing begins. The use of reaction calorimetry is an essential part of process development studies, providing detailed information about the rate of heat production. This allows researchers to optimize the temperature and dosing profiles to maximize the safety of the process at all times, and reduce to a minimum the risks involved.
Comprehensive Heat Analysis
A reaction calorimeter is used to study a chemical process at laboratory scale in order to characterize the true rate of heat production, and understand how it may be influenced by process parameters such as temperature, mixing, and reagent concentration. By mapping the full reaction space, the safest process conditions can be identified. Researchers then can adapt the process to ensure it only operates within the boundaries that minimize risk. Reaction Calorimetry also allows researchers to safely explore conditions that may lead to a process upset, and determine the consequences of out-of-limits operation.