Radial Flow Reactor Internals

The radial flow systems are widely used in Catalytic Reforming, Styrene Dehydrogenation, NOX Removal Systems, Solvent Recovery, Ammonia Converters, and Isomerization Processes. These reactor are employed for their high-volume flow capacity with minimal pressure drop Radial flow systems increase contact efficiency between the process stream and catalyst bed which causes vessel size reduction. These type of reactors not only produce a higher yield, but also they are more energy efficient.

The main internals of a radial flow reactor are:
  • Center Pipes
  • Scallops
  • Cover Plates

In its simplest form a radial flow system consist of two concentric screens and an annulus filled with catalyst slots on both the center screen and outer basket are oriented vertically to allow media to slide against the screen surface during processing without becoming abraded by the slot edges.