Batch Reactor

Definition - What does Batch Reactor mean?

A batch reactor is the simplest type of reactor vessels used for chemical or industrial processes. A typical batch reactor consists of a tank where chemical reactions occur. These tanks also have an agitator and an internal heating or cooling system. Tank sizes range from one liter to 15,000 liters.

Corrosionpedia explains Batch Reactor

Batch reactors are commonly used in steel, stainless steel, glass or exotic alloy production. The liquids or solids used in the batch reactors are usually charged via connections in the reactor's top covers. Any vapors and gases generated during the process are discharged from connections in the top cover. Discharge outlets are usually placed at the bottom of the batch reactor to drain liquids that remain after the chemical reactions have occurred.

The versatility offered by a batch reactor is one of its best advantages, because several operations can be performed in a single vessel without needing to break the containment. This feature is useful when toxic or highly potent compounds are processed.

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