Teaching reaction engineering using the attainable region

Matthew J. Metzger, Benjamin J. Glasser, David Glasser, Brendon Hausberger, Diane Hildebrandt

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The attainable region (AR) approach is a powerful research technique that has been applied to the optimization of reactor networks. It is a powerful teaching tool that focuses on the fundamental processes involved in a system, rather than the unit operations. The students learn the technical skills for the calculations which determine maximum yields and shortest space times. Attainable region approach has been used to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to complex reactor network optimization in a short time, without the requirements of additional calculations. The attainable region approach works on the trial and error principle, which underlines the testing with respect to the previous experience and knowledge to test a new reactor and configuration that yielded the best results. Attainable region analysis method is a way to avoid intensive calculations and lose sight of more important and fundamental concepts by introducing design and optimization of complex reactor flow sheets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-264
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2007


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Metzger, M. J., Glasser, B. J., Glasser, D., Hausberger, B., & Hildebrandt, D. (2007). Teaching reaction engineering using the attainable region. Chemical Engineering Education, 41(4), 258-264.