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International Journal of Chemical Engineering
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 405703, 8 pages
Research Article

The Reactants’ Phase State: A Nonnegligible Factor in Tetralin Hydrogenation Catalysts Evaluation

1Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
2School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northeastern Petroleum University, Daqing 163318, China

Received 27 January 2014; Accepted 15 April 2014; Published 13 May 2014

Academic Editor: Deepak Kunzru

Copyright © 2014 Mingjian Luo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The effects of reactants’ phase states (gas-liquid and single gas phase) on tetralin hydrogenation were investigated in the fixed bed. The kinetics of tetralin hydrogenation under different phase states was analyzed. Results showed that, without phase transition, the tetralin conversion increased with the rise of temperature. However, it decreased dramatically around the dew point of the feed at which the reactants’ phase state transferred from gas-liquid phase into gas phase. It was also observed that the gas-liquid phase state was favorable to reduce the deactivation of catalyst in the tetralin hydrogenation.