Research of Chemical Engineering Asynt Installs Bespoke Reactor System at Imperial College London
The reactor setup supplied by the company to one the world’s leading institutions in research of chemical engineering aims to further enhance research into the fluid dynamics of fine particulate materials.
Kingston, UK – Drawing upon over 30 years expertise in glassware design and manufacture, Asynt has supplied and installed a Reacto Mate laboratory reactor system within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Comprising of bespoke glass reactor vessel, Reacto Mate Datum support stand and Dry Syn heating block system, the reactor setup will help further research into the fluid dynamics of fine particulate materials.
The Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (UK) is one of the world’s leading institutions in both the teaching and research of chemical engineering and technology. Based within the Chemical Engineering department, the Matar Fluid Group, led by Professor Omar K Matar, focuses on interfacial fluid mechanics with an emphasis on modelling, simulation and experimental data collection. A key requirement for the custom Reacto Mate system involved the ability to track and image the particles present within the solution. For this reason, the use of an oil heating jacket, which is commonly used for the thermoregulation of reactor vessels at this scale, was not possible due to the distortion created by the oil layer.
Asynt developed an application optimised heating system using a special reactor vessel and custom Dry Syn aluminium heating block. The low-profile of the Dry Syn block maintains visibility into the vessel throughout the reaction period and the use of a hotplate stirrer mounted upon an Asynt lab-jack enables quick removal of the heating source as and when required. Also included within the Reacto Mate setup was a custom-made glass lid with specific ports designed to accommodate a PTFE stirring shaft, thermocouple for accurate temperature control of the solution, Conden Syn waterless condenser and other probes necessary for data capture.