The hydrogenation of cyclohexene in the liquid phase has been investigated in a laboratory reactor in the temperature range from 25°C to 30°C. The catalyst (Pt) is suspended in the reactant (cyclohexene) and the reactor is stirred by a mechanical agitator. Hydrogen is continuously bubbled through the slurry.
At 25 °C the equilibrium constant for the reaction is 2x108 hence the reaction may be considered to be irreversible.
Data from this system are shown on the Attachment:
12P.8: effect of catalyst mass on reaction rate
12P.9: effect of hydrogen flow-rate on reaction rate
12P.10: effect of stirring speed on reaction rate
12P.11: evaluation of apparent activation energies
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