Automotive catalytic reaction engineering experiment

R. P. Hesketh, D. Bosak, L. Kline

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Students at Rowan University carried out an experiment aimed at exploring the automotive catalytic converter. Light-off experiment was performed above the 468°C autoignition temperature of propane. It was found that the light-off temperatures at 50% conversion of propane are 620 and 538°C at 14.5 and 7.76 L/min. Through this experiment, students were able to see the catalyst, measure gas-phase concentrations and flowrates, and model the reactor and find the reaction-rate parameters using a nonlinear regression of the data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationChemical Engineering Education
StatePublished - Jun 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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