n. (context chemistry English) any vessel designed to hold the compounds involved in a chemical reaction; a reaction vessel
n. an apparatus for holding substances that are undergoing a chemical reaction
In chemical engineering, chemical reactors are vessels designed to contain chemical reactions. One example is a pressure reactor. The design of a chemical reactor deals with multiple aspects of chemical engineering. Chemical engineers design reactors to maximize net present value for the given reaction. Designers ensure that the reaction proceeds with the highest efficiency towards the desired output product, producing the highest yield of product while requiring the least amount of money to purchase and operate. Normal operating expenses include energy input, energy removal, raw material costs, labor, etc. Energy changes can come in the form of heating or cooling, pumping to increase pressure, frictional pressure loss (such as pressure drop across a 90° elbow or an orifice plate) or agitation.
Chemical reaction engineering is the branch of chemical engineering which deals with chemical reactors and their design, especially by application of chemical kinetics to industrial systems.
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The radiant energy is then focused inside a chemical reactor that completely destroys the hazardous waste.
A chemical reactor processed the material into enzyme-bonded concrete that was squeezed out at the rear to form a flat level surface.