Lifelong Learning: Batch Reactor Kinetic and Heat Transfer Modeling of the METHOCEL™ Production Process

Logan Matthews, Alan Murley, Anja Puettmann, Daniel Hickman, Paul Witt



 A summer internship project at The Dow Chemical Company developed a simulation of a METHOCEL™ production process. The investigation required knowledge from a variety of core chemical engineering principles, involving reaction kinetics, transport, and process control. The model, based on empirically derived kinetics and heat transfer models, was validated against real plant data, providing reasonable accuracy. The utility of the model was further demonstrated through batch optimization trials, delivering clear economic value.

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