Interactive Computer Games (ICGs)
Heat Effects 2  Effect of Parameter Variation on a PFR  
Concepts  Effect of parameter variations on operation of a nonisothermal plug flow reactor 

Time  61 minutes ± 36 minutes 
Reference  Fogler: Chapter 12 
Description 
This simulation allows the student to explore the effects of various parameters on the performance of a nonisothermal plug flow reactor. The student may choose from eight simulations that span all combinations of exothermic/endothermic reactions and reversible/irreversible reactions, as well as a simulation that takes pressure drop into account. The variable parameters include the heat transfer coefficient, the inlet reactant flowrate, the diluent flowrate, the inlet temperature, and the ambient temperature:
The results of the simulator may be analyzed in the form of plots of
concentration, conversion, or temperature as a function of reactor
volume.
The module may also be run in an interactive mode, in which the student
must achieve specific goals (e.g. achieve a given conversion without exceeding
a given temperature within the reactor), in order to get to the center
of the reactor complex.

Grade Base  In the interactive mode, mastery is based on the correct solution of two consecutive problems (e.g.: arriving at the center of the reactor complex). 
Comments  We have used the simulator portion of this game as a tool in a group problem solving exercise. Students had to vary various parameters and explain their observations, then use the newly gained insight to optimize a system. A sample assignment, for System 2 in the “individual problems” menu, follows. Since the assignment was to be completed within a one hour class period, explicit instructions and suggestions for parameter values were given. 
Installation 
Install to PC 