Inert Concentration

Sometimes an inert is present in the reactor. This inert might be a solvent in a liquid-phase reaction or an inert gas in a gas-phase reaction. If the total number of moles increases as the reaction proceeds, adding inert material increases the equilibrium conversion (see part (b) in Figure 3.7.1). If the number of moles decreases, decreasing the concentration of the inert increases the equilibrium conversion. If the number of moles remains the same, the inert material has no effect on the equilibrium conversion.

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