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Flow Reactors for the Chemical Industry Versatile, Productive, Efficient

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Laboratory

The Coflore ACR is a 100 mL laboratory-scale flow reactor based on the principle of ten stirred tanks in series, employing a series of ten dynamically-mixed cells.  The ACR delivers efficient mixing under excellent plug-flow conditions for reaction times ranging from seconds up to many hours. According to the CSTRs in series model, the Coflore ACR flow reactor behaves as ten theoretical stages.

The ACR flow reactor can handle a wide range of reaction mixtures, ranging from liquid-liquid, liquid-solid to liquid-solid-gas, without blocking and under a variety of reaction conditions.

For a 5-minute residence time, the Coflore ACR can continuously produce up to 1.2 L per hour, or 28.8 L continuously per day.  It is designed to facilitate chemical process optimisation at the small-scale, or the production of smaller amounts of product from expensive starting materials.

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Pilot Plant

The Coflore ATR is an actively-mixed tubular flow reactor that employs the same mixing principles as the smaller ACR reactor.  The Coflore ATR operates from 0.35 L to 10 L in reactor volume, and has been developed for the pilot-scale production of material. Configured of up to eight reactor tubes in series, the ATR flow reactor exhibits excellent plug-flow, with experimental data demonstrating well over 100 theoretical stages.  Each of the eight tubes can be heated or cooled independently of each other and reagents can be added (or samples removed) at each end of each reaction tube. 

The Coflore ATR can process a wide range of reagent mixtures (even those with heavy slurries) without blocking or fouling, making it ideal for a wide range of chemical processes including hydrogenation, which can be fully-automated for ease-of-use and safety.

 

For a 5-minute residence time, the Coflore ATR can continuously produce up to 120 L per hour, or 2,880 L continuously per day.

Reactor tube layout P&IDs: 8-tube, 4-tube, 2-tube

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Full Scale Production

The Coflore RTR has a 100 L capacity that is capable of processing countless reactor volumes without interruption.  For a 5-minute residence time, the RTR can produce 1,200 L continuously per hour, or 28,800 L continuously per day.  Such high-throughputs have the potential to produce many thousands of tonnes of material per year.

 

The RTR flow reactor is designed to compete with batch chemical production in terms of throughput and versatility, whilst offering the many improved efficiencies of continuous flow including: chemical yields, purities, selectivity, smaller reactor footprint, lower fugitive emissions, lower energy usage and reduced hazard risks.

The Coflore RTR operates as a ten-stage, actively-mixed & self-baffling continuous flow reactor with very efficient plug-flow characteristics.  According to the CSTRs in series model, the RTR flow reactor behaves as ten theoretical stages.