Method and system for controlling chemical reaction in a molten bath

  • US 5,191,154 A
  • Filed: 07/29/1991
  • Issued: 03/02/1993
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/29/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for controlling chemical reaction of a feed, comprising the steps of:

  • a) directing the feed into a reactor within which a molten bath is disposed, the molten bath having a temperature sufficient to chemically react at least a portion of the feed, whereby an intermediate component, which includes a carbon chain of greater than three carbons, and atomic constituents are formed, a portion of the intermediate component combining with an off-gas formed in the reactor and being emitted with the off-gas from the reactor;

    b) separating at least a portion of the intermediate component from the off-gas to form an intermediate stream;

    c) directing said intermediate stream into the reactor for chemical reaction of the intermediate component which is returned to the reactor to form atomic constituents and subsequent exothermic reaction of at least a portion of the atomic constituents with an oxidant in the molten bath; and

    d) directing an oxidant into the molten bath which exothermally reacts with said atomic constituents, whereby heat generated by the exothermic reaction initiates additional chemical reaction of the feed and of the intermediate component, thereby controlling chemical reaction of the feed.

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