Dossier: Methodology for Process Development at IFP Energies nouvelles
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Table 1.

Fischer-Tropsch reactor comparison

Reactor technology SBCR MTFBR
Catalyst Powder (10-100 μm) Ball or extruded (2-3 mm)
Co Co or Fe
Slurry Fixed bed
Operating conditions
Temperature (°C) 200-250 200-250
Pressure (barg) 15-25 15-25
Phases Gas - liquid - solid Gas - liquid - solid
Heat extraction Bundle Shell and tubes
Isotherm Very good Medium
Pressure drop Low High
Catalyst attrition Low to high Very low
Catalyst/Product separation Settling, filtering Natural
Scale-up Difficult Easy
Capacity per train (bpd) 15000 2000

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