Product Category: Catalytic Studies
A BenchCAT™ is a fully automated and customized microreactor available in single or multiple stations. These instruments are typically designed with a specific application in mind. Altamira will work with you in the step-by-step process of building your customized reactor system. If you would like us to quote a BenchCAT™ please download this Questionnaire.
Since a BenchCAT™ microreactor system is custom-designed to the user's needs, Altamira asks the scientist to provide some general information regarding their intended applications. More detailed information may then be required for a solution to a complex set of needs.
Studies of Hydrocarbon Hydrogenation
BenchCAT 1000R HP
This unit consists of one fixed bed reactor for a gas phase hydrogenation reaction.
The feed module can deliver three gases and one liquid. The reactor tube is stainless steel and can operate at temperatures up to 600°C at 100 atmospheres. The reactor module uses a three-zone furnace and the flow can be operated in an up-flow or down-flow configuration. The reactor effluent is routed to a gas/liquid separator where analysis can occur. Safety features include a hydrocarbon detector integrated into the computer software prompting error messages, alarms, or automatic shutdown.
Studies of Gas-phase Reactions
BenchCAT 4000R HP
This unit consists of 4 parallel reactors with independent gas and liquid feeds. Each reactor features four gas feeds and 1 liquid feed with vaporizer. The reactor tubes can hold up to one gram of catalyst and are stainless steel operating at temperatures and pressures up to 600°C and 30 atmospheres, respectively. All reactor effluents are routed through heated lines to a heated multi-position valve for sequential sampling into a mass spectrometer. Lexan covers are provided for added safety.
|Engine Exhaust Studies, including Diesel Catalyst Studies||MAT Reactors|
|Fuel Cell Catalytic Membrane Studies||Fischer Tropsch Studies|
|Hydrocarbon Dehydrogenation Studies||Reactions Studies of Acetic Acid|
|Reactions Studies of Acetic Acid||Photocatalysis Applications|
Altamira Instruments has extensive experience in the design and construction of BenchCAT reactors for biofuel applications. The study of biofuel processes has become a significant area of research, please read more about our specific Biofuel BenchCATs.
Three specific applications are:
- Via Gasification of Biomass
- Via Alcohols
- Via Trans-Esterification
This unit consists of 4 parallel packed-bed reactors with independent gas and liquid feeds. Each reactor features four gas feeds and 1 liquid feed with vaporizer. The reactor tubes can hold up to one gram of catalyst and are stainless steel with operating temperatures and pressures up to 650°C and 100 atmospheres, respectively.
This unit consists of a single feed module split to eight parallel reactors. The feed module can deliver three gases and two liquids. Each of the liquids is pumped by a magnetic-drive mini-pump to a liquid mass flow controller. The liquids are mixed and then routed to a vaporizer-mixer capable of heating to 600C.
Biofuel is a catch-all term for any fuel not derived from fossil fuels. Biofuels have multiple sources, and depending on the source, a different process and thus different reactor design and conditions are used. There are three processes for the production of biofuels in which Altamira Instruments has participated with a BenchCAT reactor design and construction.
We are constantly encountering requests for reaction units and characterization equipment that are useful for testing real or simulated exhausts of various types of motor vehicle engines.. Although each is a special case, through many years of experience we have learned how to make units useful for specific tests and thus provide reliable test equipment to our customers.