Response of stirred chemical tank reactors to periodic disturbances
Holmes, Douglas Burnham
Davis, Sam H., Jr.
Master of Science
A continuous flow stirred tank reactor was simulated on an analog computer. Variations in the outlet concentration of a desired product were observed as the input temperature was sinusoidally disturbed about an optimal steady state operating point. Effects of the nonlinearities in the system were studied as the character of the sine wave was varied. The simulated system behaves like its linear approximation at very low and at high frequencies, but diverges in a nonlinear manner with increasing input amplitude at intermediate frequencies.