Continous Flow Reactors

The use of continuous reactors in flow chemistry has paved a way for integration of Flow Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Flow Reactors and the associated Reactions

Continuous Flow Reactor Types

Continous Flow Reactor

The advent of need of developing sustainable technologies has paved a way to develop reactors which can save time, energy and economy along with environment sustainability. In a round table conjunction (2007) with Green Chemistry Institute and a series of pharmaceutical Industries, it was decided to make the pharma sector sustainable and cost effective comparing it to the industries such as food and petroleum where continuous manufacturing was a key to large production within short time. Thus, it was concluded that an extensive research and development in the continuous processing sector was a key for sustainable development. The demands for better control in stability of production along with the quality of the materials produced is needed for different chemical processes as well. Batch Reactors accumulate a lot of mass and energy. Besides, it is difficult to directly scale up batch reactors to pilot plant reactors because of its ineffectiveness in prediction of process behaviours at higher scale. Therefore, there is a revolution happening in terms of using continuous flow reactors slowly encompassing the traditional batch reactors.

The use of continuous flow technologies has now started distorting the lines between chemistry and chemical engineering. It is supposedly the fourth industrial revolution where traditional batch reactors are now been gradually replaced with a continuous flow technology, paving a way for process intensification, sustainable product development and generation of circular economy, in the near future. Continuous Flow Reactors can be utilized in different sectors of chemical processing including multiphase chemistry, pharmaceuticals, downstream processes that include crystallization, extraction, filtration, evaporation etc, photochemistry, electrochemistry and many others.

There are some important chemical processes like Friedel Craft Acylation, saponification, photo-oxidation, isomerization, neutralization, cyclization etc., that can be easily carried out using continuous reactors giving high throughput in lesser time with easy solvent recovery. 

We at Fabex Engineering Pvt. Ltd, manufacture continuous flow reactors which can be utilized for different kinds of chemical processing according to the scale of the process and product optimization. The reactors include, CSTRs, Horizontal Film Reactors, Double pipe tubular reactors with static mixer, Meso Reactors, Tubular Coil Reactor, Column Reactors and many other customized reactors according to the process requirement. These continuous flow reactors can be made available at our pilot plant facility for testing of different processes, as required by our clients.

The use of continuous reactors in flow chemistry has paved a way for integration of Flow Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. At Fabex, we try our best to understand different processes that require optimization with regards to mass and heat transfer and integrate these batch processes in the continuous flow systems that can help our customers to gain a hold over their productivity and quality of the required products.