Mechanistic modelling of the catalytic pyrolysis of methylcyclohexane

Om V. Singh, K. K. Pant

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A detailed chemical kinetic mechanism describing the thermal and catalytic cracking of methylcyclohexane over a 12CaO.7Al2O3 catalyst is presented. The model is based on balanced equations for both molecular and radical species describing an experimental fixed-bed reactor system. The mechanistic model is based on overall first-order decomposition kinetics, which satisfactorily describes experimental data. The simulated product distributions show a reasonably good agreement with the experimental results and confirm the hypothesis that the catalyst does not affect the pyrolysis mechanism and only increases the rate of the initiation steps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)981-992
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Kinetics
  • Methylcyclohexane
  • Modelling
  • Pyrolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering


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