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Sesha Talpa Sai, Speaker at Chemical Engineering Conferences
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
Title : Study of performance for various catalysts for the oxidation of carbon monoxide reaction


The single pellet studies for two different catalytic converters were simulated using MATLAB and the effects of perturbation of various parameters was carried out to increase the performance of the converter. The effect of various parameters of the converter system such as flow rate of incoming gas, the composition of inlet gas stream, density of pellet and dispersion on the performance of the system was done considering the oxidation of carbon monoxide by solving the coupled partial differential equations resulting from mass and energy balances by reducing the system of equations to a set of ordinary differential equations using the Galerkin method. The results indicate that platinum is far better catalyst compared to Copper Oxide. Based on these studies some heuristics are suggested to increase the efficient of the converter.

Audience Take Away:

  • Helps in use of a technique for predicting the performance of a converter.
  • Helps in identifying the heuristics for increase the efficiency of a converter.
  • Helps in Solving PDEs by reducing them to ODEs.


Dr. P. S. T. Sai is a Professor in Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He has been actively involved in teaching and research for the past 30 years. His research interests include fluidization, reaction engineering and air pollution control. He has published over 90 research papers. His paper entitled ‘Esterification of ethanol with sulfuric acid: A kinetic study’ was awarded as the best paper published in the 12-month period in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering in 2001. He is also recipient of Chemical Weekly Award, IIChE NRC award and Kuloor Memorial Award in 2012.