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Process Intensification through Adaptable Catalytic Reactors made by 3D Printing

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Project "PRINTCR3DIT" data sheet

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Organization address
address: STRINDVEGEN 4
postcode: 7034
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 Coordinator Country Norway [NO]
 Project website
 Total cost 5˙493˙891 €
 EC max contribution 5˙493˙889 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Sustainable, resource-efficient and low-carbon technologies in energy-intensive process industries)
 Code Call H2020-SPIRE-2015
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2018-09-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    SINTEF AS NO (TRONDHEIM) coordinator 368˙656.00
2    ADVANCED MACHINERY & TECHNOLOGY CHEMNITZ GMBH DE (Chemnitz) participant 611˙000.00
3    STIFTELSEN SINTEF NO (TRONDHEIM) participant 609˙241.00
4    ARKEMA FRANCE SA FR (COLOMBES) participant 525˙000.00
5    JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC UK (LONDON) participant 500˙200.00
6    Yara International ASA NO (Oslo) participant 482˙445.00
8    FUNDACION IDONIAL ES (GIJON) participant 388˙750.00
9    LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT DE (MUNCHEN) participant 327˙306.00
10    UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO PT (PORTO) participant 317˙671.00
11    BIOSYNTHIS FR (Saint Cyr sous Dourdan) participant 303˙750.00
12    USTAV CHEMICKYCH PROCESU AV CR, v. v. i. CZ (PRAHA 6) participant 260˙625.00
13    SICAT SARL FR (PARIS) participant 260˙261.00
15    LINDE AG DE (MUNCHEN) participant 0.00


 Project objective

Catalytic reactors account for production of 90% of chemicals we use in everyday life. To achieve the decarbonisation of European economy and comply with the 20-20-20 target, resource utilization and energy efficiency will play a major role in all industrial processes. The concept of PRINTCR3DIT is to employ 3D printing to boost process intensification in the chemical industries by adapting reactors and structured catalysts to the requirements of the reaction. This manufacturing technique is particularly useful in reactions where diffusion, mixing and/or heat transfer are limitations against reaching higher performance. The utilization of the concept of 3D printing will also reduce the resource utilization of reactor and catalyst manufacture, energy consumed (< 15%) and transportation. The rationale of using 3D printing will follow a generic and systematic structure for implementation. The methodology will be applied to three markets of fine chemicals, specialty chemicals and fertilizers, ranging from few tons to millions of tons of production per year. This demonstrates the enormous versatility of 3D printing for reactor and catalyst designs that cannot be improved with traditional building and design tools. For all these processes, the challenges to be solved are thermal management, innovative reactor design and flow distribution. These examples will provide realistic data in different markets to delineate business case scenarios with the options of new integrated plants or retrofitting for large-scale applications. Application of cutting-edge 3D printing to catalytic reactors will foster higher productivity, a more competitive industrial sector and higher value jobs in Europe - keeping leadership in such a challenging arena. PRINTCR3DIT is a joint effort between world-leading industries (4), innovative SMEs (4), R&D institutes (4) and a university that aim to accelerate deployment of a set of products to the market.


List of deliverables.
Production of catalytic SiC foams Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-08-07 14:11:20
Web page of the project Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-08-07 14:11:20
PRINTCR3DIT Flyer with initial results Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-08-07 14:11:20
Paving the future: Introduction of 3D printing in Chemical engineering Documents, reports 2019-08-07 14:11:20
\"Workshop: \"\"Additive manufacturing for advanced catalytic reactor performance\"\"\" Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-08-07 14:11:20
Final proof of concept: Production of 1 kg of liquid products Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-08-07 14:11:20
Booklet of recommendations for manufacturing catalysts supports and reactors by Additive Manufacturing Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-08-07 14:11:20
Benchmark of 3D printed catalytic foams Documents, reports 2019-08-07 14:11:20
Manufacture of 3D printed reactor to be used in demonstrator unit Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-08-07 14:11:20
\"Ceremony to deliver the \"\"prize for best reactor\"\"\" Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-08-07 14:11:20
Delivery of Demonstrator for squalane production Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-08-07 14:11:20

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of PRINTCR3DIT deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Carlos Grande
Printcr3dit - 3D printing in process industry - from design to industrial pilot
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2018 Carlos A. Grande, Kari Anne Andreassen, Jasmina H. Cavka, David Waller, Odd-Arne Lorentsen, Halvor Øien, Hans-Jörg Zander, Stephen Poulston, Sonia García, Deena Modeshia
Process Intensification in Nitric Acid Plants by Catalytic Oxidation of Nitric Oxide
published pages: 10180-10186, ISSN: 0888-5885, DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b01483
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 57/31 2019-08-07
2018 Carlos A. Grande, Jasmina Cavka, David Waller, Odd-Arne Lorentsen
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2018 Carlos A. Grande
PRINTCR3DIT EU project: Process Intensification through Adaptable Catalytic Reactors made by 3D Printing
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2018 Hans-Jörg Zander, Carlos Grande, David Waller, Thomas Acher
Modeling of NO Oxidation in a 3D-Printed Catalytic Foam Reactor
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2018 J. D. Araújo, D. Direito, M. A. Alves
A CFD approach to study catalytic reactors filled with open cell foams
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2015 Carlos A. Grande, Jean-Luc Dubois, Juan C. Piquero Camblor, Ørnulv Vistad, Terje Didriksen, Richard Blom, Aud I. Spjelkavik, Duncan Akporiaye
Additive manufacturing: haute couture for chemical industries
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1356.5520
online publication 2019-08-07
2018 Joana A. Costa
Novel shapes generated by additive manufacturing for reaction engineering
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2018 P. Stavárek, M. Ujčić, F. Lali, J. Magne
Reaction kinetic study of triterpene hydrogenation using a heterogeneous catalyst
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2018 F. Lali, P. Stavárek, M. Ujčić, M. Laube, J.-F. Devaux, J.-L. Dubois
Kinetic modeling of the catalytic hydrogenation of nitrile esters to amino esters
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2018 Carlos Grande, Hans-Jörg Zander, David Waller, Luis Suarez-Rios, Juan C. Piquero Camblor
Process Intensification by 3D printing technologies applied to NO (to NO2) oxidation
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2017 Núria Filipa Bastos Rebelo
Use of additive manufacturing in chemical engineering
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2018 Núria F. Bastos Rebelo, Kari Anne Andreassen, Luis I. Suarez Ríos, Juan C. Piquero Camblor, Hans-Jörg Zander, Carlos A. Grande
Pressure drop and heat transfer properties of cubic iso-reticular foams
published pages: 36-42, ISSN: 0255-2701, DOI: 10.1016/j.cep.2018.03.008
Chemical Engineering and Processing - Process Intensification 127 2019-08-07

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