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Publication numberUS2615906 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 28, 1952
Filing dateMay 22, 1948
Priority dateMay 22, 1948
Publication numberUS 2615906 A, US 2615906A, US-A-2615906, US2615906 A, US2615906A
InventorsStanton Robert
Original AssigneeStanton Robert
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Solid-liquid reaction processes
US 2615906 A
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ROBERT STANTON H/S A T TORf/EYS Patented Oct. 28, 1952 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE SOLID-LIQUID REACTION PROCESSES Robert Stanton, Denver, Colo; Application Ma za 1948, Serial No. 28,613

11 Claims. (01.260-437) This invention relates to reaction processes involving a reactant in the form or a porous, frangible solid and a reactant in the form of a liquid, more particularly to such processes wherein both the solid reactant and the liquid reactant are. brought together continuously, and it specifically relates to such processes wherein a solid reactant is saturated with a fluid reactant or propellant under elevated pressure and introduced into the reaction zone with abrupt or sudden pressure reduction which produces an appreciable disruptive effect on the solid particles; the reaction is conducted continuously under high speed agitation induced by fluid propulsion acting upon the solid reactant particles to impart high speed thereto while the movement of the reactant particles is regulated so that the high speed solid particles undergo high energy collisions.

Many usual processes of reacting a solid with a fluid reactant involve large reaction vessels, relatively slow and difficultly regulated reaction procedure, and relatively large reaction mixtures. In some cases, health hazards such as explosions or the escape of toxic fumesare present.

In accordance with the invention, it has been found that such processes can be conducted in a rapid and relatively safe, readily regulated manner, with improved yields. Small reaction mixtures are suitable. The new processes may be conducted in a fully continuous manner and give a highly desirable product. Theobjects achieved in accordance with the invention include the provision of a process whereby thereaction of a porousrfrangible, solid reactant and a fluid reactant may be conducted in a continuous manner in a relatively small reaction zone; provision era process for the preparation of 'alkylated lead by the reaction of a lead' aikali alloy with alkyl halide in a continuous manner wherein relatively small proportions of both reactants are involved at any one time; the provision of a process for the preparation of tetraethyl lead by the reaction of coarsely divided lead-sodium alloy with ethyl chloride in a continuous manner wherein relatively small proportions of the reactants are involved at any one time and wherein the particle size of the alloy is reduced as the reaction proceeds; and other objects which will be apparent as details and embodiments of the invention are set forth herematter.

In accordance with the invention, a reactant in the form of a coarsely divided, porous, frangible solid mixed with another reactant or'a propellant which is in the form of a fluid under elevated pressure, then the pressure is reduced abruptly and the reactants are mixed underhigh speed agitation induced by fluid propulsion, and the movement or the reactants is regulated so that the solid particles undergo high energy collisions; all under reaction temperature and pressure conditions. I

In an embodiment of the invention, the ream tion mass is shock expanded anddirectly subjected to rapid movement through acurved path; and the influence of the centrifugal force will cause the larger solid particles to travel near the outer periphery of the curved path, and the smaller or lighter particles, to remain near the inner periphery of the curved path. This iacilitates the chemical reaction, and there will also be a reduction in size of the larger particles associated with the high energy collisions in the system. The reaction process takes placerapidly and the fin'al reaction products and residue will be in a finely divided state near'the inner periphery of the curved path. v

A substantially completely reacted and more finely divided portion of the reaction mixture is removed from the inner periphery and then proo essed to recover reaction products, unconsumed reactants and by-products or residues. I

The process may be conducted in a fully continuous manner, in a partially continuous or intermittent manner, or in a batch type process. The fully continuous process is preferred for commercial operation; 7 r

In order to facilitate a clear understanding of the invention, reference maybe had to the accompany'ing drawings in which;

Figure 1 illustrates an arrangement of ia'n apparatu-s, partially diagrammatical and partially ins-ection', which may be employed for conducting the process of the invention, e. g., in the manufactureof tetraethyl lead.

Figure -2 represents a sketch of the process steps.

Figure 3 illustrates an alternative reaction chamber which may be employed in connection with an arrangement of apparatus similar to that in Figure 1.

Figures 4 and 5 illustrate details of injectors which may be used.

In Figure 1, a fluid propulsion reaction cham-,

of an endless conduit of uniform circular cross section.

A vertically disposed conical feed hopper I, which is closed at the top by the removable cover 2, communicates at its lower end with the constant volume feed mechanism 3, which in turn communicates with the throat portion of the downwardly inclined injector (Venturi) feed tube 4. This feed tube is arranged to saturate the solid reactant with liquid reactant or propellant under elevated pressure and to abruptly reduce the pressure on the saturated solid reactant and discharge it substantially tangentially into the lower curved portion of the chamber 5.

The chamber is provided with a plurality of substantially tangentially disposed high velocity fluid jets l, which are in communication with the fluid reactant supply tank I4 through pump I6, heater I1, and chamber I8. Tank I4 is equipped with a feed line I5.

An exhaust line 8 communicates with the chamber 5 at the inner periphery and near the point where the upper semi-circular member 5A joins with the vertical descending member 5D, thereof. The other end of the exhaust pipe 8 communicates substantially tangentially with the side of the low velocity cyclone separator 9. This separator is provided with an annular arrangement of downwardly directed spray nozzles I0,

positioned above the point of communication of a the exhaust line 8. The top of the cyclone separator is equipped with a partial condenser I2, and also communicates serially with the final condenser I3, which final condenser communicates with the fluid reactant feed tank I4.

, The lower end of the cyclone separator 9 communicates with a closed chamber II which is equipped with a strainer [9. The strainer I9 communicates with the stripping column (which may be of the multiple tray, or packed tower type). The column 210 communicates at its lower end with the reboiler 2i. The reboiler 2| is equipped with a product removal seal pipe 22.

The chamber II communicates with an upwardly inclined helical ribbon-type conveyor 25, which conveyor in turn communicates with a storage vessel 26. The conveyor is equipped with an annular heating jacket 21 at the upper end thereof. with a vapor line 28, at a point below the heating jacket 27, and it also communicates with a backwash line 30, at a point below the vapor line 28.

A solvent supply tank 24, which is equipped with a feed inlet (not shown), communicates through pump 29 with line 30. Line 39 also communicates with the annular spray nozzles I0 through line 31. Tank 24 also communicates with the upper part of the stripping column 20 through line 32. The upper part of stripping column 20 communicates with condenser 23 through line 28, and this condenser in turn communicates with tank 25.

Figure 2 schematically illustrates the process. A fluid reactant and a solid reactant are brought Conveyor 25 also communicates h together in the reactor, under reaction temperature and pressure conditions, with high speed fluid propulsion agitation. The solid reactant is saturated with fluid reactant 0r propellant under pressure and injected into the reactor with abrupt reduction in pressure, with accompanying disruption of solid reactant particles. Reaction, attrition of solid particles and classification of solid particles occur in the reactor. A substantially completely reacted and finely divided part of 4 the reaction mixture is passed from the reactor to a separator wherein the desired product is separated. In addition, unconsumed fluid reactant may be separately recovered, and unconsumed solid reactant collected as or in a residue.

Figure 3 illustrates an alternative type of reaction chamber. A substantially cylindrical chamber 43 communicates with solid reactant feed hopper 40 (which is equipped with a cover, not shown) through the Venturi feed line 41 (arranged as discussed above for Figure 1). The Venturi line also communicates with fluid line 42. Fluid jets 44 communicate with chamber 43 at the outer circumference thereof, and are directed tangentially to a circle of somewhat smaller radius than the outer radius of the chamber 43. The jets M and line 42 communicate with fluid jet lines Q5 and 46. The central portion of chamber 43 communicates with chamber 48 and line 50. Chamber 48 is provided with a flange 41 which protrudes above the lower surface of chamber 43. Line 50 is of smaller diameter than chamber 48, and the lower end of line 50 is set somewhat below the flange 41. Line 50 may be connected with a series of condensers at the upper end thereof, 5!. Chamber 48 may be connected with chamber I I of Figure 1 through throat 49.

Figure 4 illustrates-certain details of the injector l; I0! is a high-velocity nozzle for introducing fiuid at elevated pressure, I02 is a plenum chamber wherein a negative or reduced pressure is produced, I03 is an inlet port for the introduction of a coarsely divided, porous, solid reactant, for instance by gravity feed from a supply source, I04 is a convergent nozzle and throat portion, I05 is a saturating tube portion, and I05 is an expansion tube portion.

Figure 5 shows an alternative form of an injector 4A, provided with valve means for varying the degree of back-pressure maintained within the saturating tube portion. In this injector, I01 is a valve stem set in a stufling box I08, I09 is an axial-flow type valve closure, and I I0 is a curved expansion tube portion. The distance of the valve closure from the seat or tube may be adjusted by means of screw threads or the like (not shown).

If ethyl chloride vapor, applied at a pressure of 109 pounds per square inch gauge, is passed through the injector, any pressure within the range of 0 up to 57 pounds per square inch gauge (at which point there is a sharp change to backflow) may be maintained in the saturating tube portion. The saturating tube portion may be constructed so that its cross-sectional area is uniform throughout its length, or it may be varied, e. sli htly divergent toward the exit end; however, the cross-sectional area at any point thereof should not exceed the maximum cross-sectional area of the throat section. The throat portion is preferably constructed with a 30 taper. It is preferred to maintain a vacuum of at least about 10" Hg in the plenum chamber; however, this may be varied depending upon the material handled.

Other types of curved path reaction chambers in which turbulent flow or agitation and classification may occur are suitable. The cross section need not be tubular or cylindrical. Spiral, helical, reversed curve, annular, multistage, and the like shaped reaction vessels may be employed. Combinations of tubular and vortex type chambers may be used.

If desired, fluid propulsion jets may be positioned at the outer part or nearer the inner part oi'sthe reaction chamber (cross section). seas: t increase, deoreaseor otherwise modify turbulent flowin the chamber, e;. g., to. favor ormodify double inverse helical, flow, spiral iflow; transverse eddy currents; or thelilre therein.

In: one. embodiment, the, process, of the inventionmay be applied to the. manufacture of tetra.- ethyl lead bythe reaction of lead' sodium alloy and. ethyl chloride. Tetraethyl lead is'of great commercial importance and itis consumed in large quantitiesv as an. ingredient, in; gasoline and the like internal, combustionrxengine fuels.

Various..methods have.v been: proposed heretofore for the manufactureoi tetraethyl lead, e. g;, from'lead-sodium. alloy and ethyl chloride. One type involves charginga batch. of the (about 9.0% lead-% sodium) alloy into. a reaction vessel and treating this: with: a batchor a continuous or intermittent stream of ethyl chloride. The reaction vessel may be in the form of anautoclave equipped with a rotary stirrer, or a rotatingball-mill, or similar batch type apparatus.

These'priorprocessos. are subject to many drawbacks. They involve long reaction periods and leaye'much. tobe desired as to yields- The alloy particles'and the sodium chloride by-products of the reaction tend to. agglomeratc into larger lumpsand thusa substantial amount of the alloy istshiel'ded from. contact With the ethyl chloride reactants- In addition, the agglomerated mass retains a substantial amount of the tetraethyl leadproduct, and the recovery of the product therefrom is tedious and wasteful.

There is considerable hazard involved in large batch operations containing a large charge of the alloy. The reaction may occur with explosive violence. If moisture should happen to. come in contact with the alloy, an explosion may occur. Where the process is conducted under pressure, there isconsiderable health hazard-from any of the highly toxic tetraethyl lead vapors which might escape from the various valves, stufiing boxes and mechanical closures involved in batch type reaction vessels.

In accordance withthe invention, it has been found that the above drawbacks may be overcome and the tetraethyl lead produced in a commercially more advantageous manner.

A preparation of tetraethyl lead is given as an illustrative example of an application of the invention. The reactant in solid form is porous, frangible alloy consisting of about 12.5% by weight of sodium and about 87.5% by weight of lead..- This alloy may be conveniently preformed into substantially spherical shape, i. e., shot; in a conventional shot tower. Alternatively it may be crushed or otherwise brought to'a coarse grained size, preferably to pass through a 4 mesh (U. S. Sieve Series) test sieve. It is desirable to coat the alloy with kerosene or like oily material so that it may be handled and transported more safely.

The hopper I is charged with the 4 mesh alloy, and the cover ZiS-put in place. The fluid supply tank [4 is filled with ethyl chloride. Ethyl'chloride is maintained in the chamber 48: at a pressure of about'lOO pounds per square inch gauge and a temperature of about 180 F. The alloy is fed'into the reaction chamber 5 by means of the'feeder mechanism 3 and the injector 6' (including the ethyl chloride jet from line 5). Ethyl chlorideis also injected through jets 7.

Both the. amount of the ethyl chloride and'that of the lead used are in excess of the stoichiometric requirements... Ereierably, the amount of ethyl chloride. is.. chosen. so. as: to.v imnartamaverae linear velocity or; aboutrlo; to. lilllieet. per second withinv the reaction, chamber, i..e., turbulent flow with transverse eddy currents. This. causes viesorous agitation therein, and associatedwith the highv energy collisions of the solid particles, rapid chemical erosion or attrition, or both, of the solid particles;. and also. a classification or separation of thesubstantially completely reacted-and finely divided material from the coarser and less completely reacted material. The pressure at the jets in the reaction chamber is high, relative to the pressure in the cyclone separator 9-.

The reaction temperature is preferably-main;- taincd at about to F. Reaction ofth'e ethyl chloride and the alloy occurs rapidly at the effective contact surface. The propellant fluid is introduced through jets 'i tangentially in the region Where the reactants are subjected tothe highest compression, which compression is asso ciatedwith the centrifugal force resulting from the curved path movement of the rapidly traveling particles. The high compression is believed to intensify the reaction, and the turbulent flow movement imparted to the particles oi the fluid propellant which is tangentially introduced from the outer periphery of this region insures that the reacting surface is maintained in most reactive form by removal of any shielding coating and by the mechanical stresses of the alloy particles associated with the high energy collisio'nsin the reaction chamber and chemical erosion. Thebyproduct sodium chloride does not lump up or occlude unreacted alloy or finished reaction prod not, and it is maintained in a finely divided State. The alloy particles may travel around the reaction chamber one or more times in being reduced to a substantially completely reacted and finely divided form.

A substantially completed reacted and finely divided portionof the reaction mixture travels near the inner periphery of the chamber 5,, and is withdrawn through exhaust line 8'. This withdrawn portion is then processed to recovertetra: ethyl lead, unconsumed ethyl chloride, and. a residue-which may contain recoverable lead. In one embodiment, the Withdrawn reaction mixture is passed to the low pressure cyclone separator 9 and sprayed with acetone (from tank 24 through the spray nozzles in), The ethyl "chloride vapor undergoes a scrubbing due to the efiIect of the partial condenser l2, and then. passes upward to the condenser l3, Where it is, con,- densed and returned to the ethyl chloride tank l4. Additional make-up ethyl chloride maybe introduced through line I5, if necessary.

The acetone solution of tetraethyl lead plus the solid residue passes to chamber II. The acetone solution, removed therefrom through strainer I9, passes to the stripping column 20'. The acetone is vaporized, and the vapor passes to condenser 23, is condensed, and then passes to acetone solvent tank 24. Finished tetraethyl lead is removed through line 22.

The solid residue passes from chamber, II to the conveyor 25 wherein it is back-washed with acetone, supplied through line 30. is then heated at a temperature of about 200? F. to expel acetone vapors and impart a final drying efiectto the spent alloy. The, acetone vapor passes up to the condenser 23, is liquefied, and then passes to tank 24. The spent alloy passes to chamber 26; It may be removed and processed to recover any lead therein, in accordance with knownproccdures;

7 The reaction chamber may be supplied with a temperature regulating jacket, or set in a temperature regulating bath, in order to regulate the temperature thereof. Where the ethyl chloride is present as a vapor in the reaction chamber, the expansion of the ethyl chloride leaving the jets is accompanied by a refrigerating efiect. This may be adjusted so as to control the temperature of the reaction system, i. e., absorb the heat evolved by the exothermic chemical reaction in the formation of the tetraethyl lead.

The acetone spray in the separator serves to strip tetraethyl lead from the vapors as well as to help settle the spent alloy particles and byproduct, sodium chloride. The effect of the partial condenser 12 is to further strip tetraethyl lead from the vapors of ethyl chloride.

It has been found that the recovered and recirculated ethyl chloride tends to give a higher yield of tetraethyl lead, than does fresh ethyl A chloride. It is thought that some material carried over in the recovered ethyl chloride has a beneficial effect on the reaction.

The process may be carried out in apparatus which includes heat exchange devices; e. g., to i use the heat contained in the ethyl chloride vapor to preheat fresh ethyl chloride liquid.

The reactant in fluid form may contain a diluent or solvent and should be readily flowable in order that sufiicient propulsion may be oba tained without giving unduly high pressures. If the reactant is in the form of a liquid, it is pref- .erable that the Viscosity thereof should not be higher than that of an about S. A. E. 50 motor lubricating oil at ordinary room temperatures. The reaction may be conducted with the fluid reactant in either the vapor phase or the liquid phase.

In an illustrative vapor phase operation, a Figure 1 type of apparatus is used with a reaction chamber of 1.45 sq. inch inner crosssectional area, 3 inch radius of curvature upper and lower bends, and 18 inch vertical connectors;

the saturating tube portion of the injector is of the same inner cross-sectional area as the reaction chamber, and three 5 inch jets are used. The following are representative operation conditions:

Pressure at Injector Inlets Pressure at Reactor Outlet Total Ethyl Chloride Charged. Rate-Ethyl Chloride Fecd Tetraethyl Lead Produced. Yield Based on Sodium Consumed. Ethyl Chloride Consumed. 33 lbs 5.5 lbs. Yield Efiiciency Based on 94% 91%.

Ethyl Chloride. Average Size of Alloy Feed... 4 mesh mesh. Average Size of Lead Residue.. 5 microns. microns. Velocity at Reactor Outlet. F P. S. 10 F. P. S.

1 Pounds per square inch gauge. 9 Feet per second average linear mass velocity.

It is indeed surprising that this reaction can be carried out so readily in accordance with the 8 above-described procedure, and in such unexpectedly high yields. In the case of a process of preparing tetraethyl lead from the lead-sodium alloy and ethyl chloride in a ball-mill, the alloy tends to clinker up into lumps which contain unreacted alloy particles and lay-product sodium chloride and also occlude some tetraethyl lead. There is also a tendency for a caking or coating of the balls (to form lumps) in the mill, and this will similarly isolate the two reactants from each other and occlude the reaction product so as to make recovery thereof difiicult.

In the normal operation of the above-described process, there will be no appreciable health hazards from the escape of tetraethyl lead vapors. The high pressure part of the reaction system, wherein tetraethyl lead occurs, is completely closed. If desired, the pumping units may be completely submerged within the corresponding tanks, in order to avoid possible leakage of liquid from any stufling boxes or rotary shaft seals. If desired, the condensing units and tanks may be set at a suitable height relative to the remainder of the apparatus, so that the static pressure of the liquid will be suflicient for movement of the liquid without the use of pumps.

Other proportions of lead to alkali may be used in the alloy, e. g., containing more than about 12.5% sodium. The alloy may be made up from one or more alkali metals, e. g., mixtures of alkali metals may be used. Other organic halides may be used, c. g., ethyl bromide, and other solvents than acetone may be used; as the art will readily appreciate in view of the above descriptions. A higher boiling fraction of gasoline may be used as a solvent; and the solvent solution of the tetraethyl lead could be directly blended with gasoline to give a desired motor fuel.

If desired, known promoters or catalysts may be included in the reaction mixture. Ferric chloride or anhydrous aluminum chloride may be suspended in an inert vehicle, such as a petroleum distillate, and introduced in controlled amounts into the reaction chamber at a convenient point.

If desired, the ethyl chloride vaporizing and condensing apparatus may be replaced by a mechanical apparatus for developing the required pressure. Alternatively, an inert gas such as nitrogen may be employed as the fluid propulsion agent. In this case, the amount of the organic halide would be about sufficient to complete the chemical reaction. The fluid reactant could be introduced in one set of one or more jets; and the fluid propulsion agent, e. g., nitrogen in another set of one or more jets.

If desired, the above-described product separation and recovery system may be replaced by conventional quenching and steam distillation methods. For instance, the mixture of tetraethyl lead and spent alloy can be discharged from the lower end of the cyclone separator 9 into a chamber containing a plurality of steam jets and then to a second cyclone separator, wherein the spent alloy particles are separated by a gravity effect, while the steam and tetraethyl lead vapor are removed, condensed, and the two immiscible liquids separately removed from the condensate.

Where the alternative reaction chamber of Figure 3 is employed, it is preferred that the fluid reactant be present in the form of a vapor, with or without additional or diluent gas.

In another application of the process of the invention, porous, solid, coarse grained calcium carbide is reacted with nitrogen gas at a temperature of about 400 C., to prepare solid calcium cyanamide. The reaction chamber may be made of a special alloy, e. g; 18% nickel, 8% chromium, molybdenum, and the rest iron. The react-ionis :readily controlled, and gives a good yield of a uniform product; The requirement of a water treatment to remove unreacted calcium carbide is substantially eliminated or reduced.

Another application of the .invention is in the reaction of solid, porous, coarse grained calcium cyanamide with'wet:steamcontaining about /2% sulphuric acid (based on weightlof steam) 'at about 100? -C. to prepare solid urea- -a -nd a byproduct calcium compound. The reaction is relatively smooth and readily controlled, and gives a desirably uniform product. The urea may-be recovered by leaching with 'wa-te-r and separating from the residue mud, in accordance with known procedures.

Another application of the-process of the invent-ion ;is in the reaction of-solid, porous aluminawith solid carbon and nitrogen gas to prepare solid aluminum nitride and carbon monoxide. The nitride may be separated from the gas, by e. g., by gravity method, and then hydrolyzed with water to give ammonia and aluminum hydroxide, both of which are desirable products. The process gives an even mixture of the alumina and the carbon, and avoids the coating of the alumina particles by a layer of the nitride.

Goods yields are obtained.

Another application of the process of the invention is in the treatment of solid, porous coke with steam containing about 2% of phosphoric acid (based on the weight of steam) at about 1100 F. to produce active carbon. The product may be used as a gas adsorbent carbon or as a liquid treatment carbon. The process avoids the very undesirable clinker formation, and also avoids the necessity of pelletizing the coke.

Another application of the invention is in the treatment of solid, porous phosphate rock with sulphuric acid in the preparation of phosphoric acid and a calcium sulphate by-product. The acid may be separated from the mud in accordance with known procedures.

Another application of the invention is in the treatment of concentrated, porous ilmanite (or rutile) with concentrated sulphuric acid to prepare titanium sulphate. The latter may be separated from the by-products, diluted with water and boiled to precipitate titanium dioxide, in accordance with known methods. The reaction is smooth and readily controlled, and the tendency of the sludge to slow up the reaction is substantially removed.

Another application of the invention is in the reaction of solid, porous, coarse grained sulphur with chlorine gas at about 35-50 C. and atmospheric pressure to prepare sulphur monochloride. The reaction is very rapid and smooth, and gives good yields of a better product than prior art processes. The product is relatively free from unreacted sulphur.

Another application of the invention is in the reaction of coarse grained, porous magnesium metal with liquid ethyl chloride to prepare the Grignard reagent. The reaction is relatively rapid and smooth and readily controlled. If desired, ethyl other could be used to wash the Grignard from the unreacted magnesium metal.

Another application of the invention is in the treatment of a porous solid carbohydrate with mixed acid (e, g., nitric and sulphuric acid) to prepare oxalic acid. The oxalic acid may be separated from the residue by filtration orgrayity separation, in accordance with known inethlods. Suitable carbohydrates are' sawd-ust, cot ton linters, starch or grain.

Another application of the invention is in the treatment of milo maize with dilute ;aqueous hydrochloric acid at about atmospheric temperature and pressure to divest the SQiJd coat and to hydrolyze the starch to give invert sugar. The sligar may 5W3??? 193 1)? l b gravity, ac ordanc w t lmewn methods- This eliminates the diificuity encountered in treating such seeds in ajFuss mill (lumping and caking, etc.) and the final product iso' amedin one operation without the needof large digesting tanks.

Another application ofthe invention is in the act o of o id p rou ca c m a bis wi h a r vap c ntainin an a i suc a yd o.- chloric or acetic, to give the vinyl ester .of the acid. The estermay' be separate'd,froinfdre by.- product by gravity means. The reaction proceeds at about 50 C. and is readily controlled. A good quality product is obtained.

Another application of the invention is in the treatment of solid, porous sodium phenate with carbon dioxide to produce sodium salicylate, at 150 C. and at elevated pressure. The reaction is fast and gives a desirable product in good yields.

In view of the foregoing disclosures, the art will appreciate that other methods may be used to bring together the reactant in porous solid form with the reactant in fluid form, with or without an added propellant, so as to achieve the benefits of initial flash disruption and high speed fluid propulsion, while the reaction is in progress, together with maintaining the solid reactant in active contact with the fluid reactant; e. g., by a shearing or cleaning action to remove any shielding coating, or by mechanical stress of the solid particles to present highly reactive solid reactant surface; and classifying or separating substantially competely reacted and finely divided material from the reaction zone. In view of the foregoing disclosures, variations and modifications of applications of the invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art; and the invention contemplates all such other methods, variations and modifications except as do not come within the appended claims.

I claim:

1. A process for the preparation of alkylated lead comprising mixing coarsely divided lead alkali metal alloy and alkyl chloride under elevated pressure and then abruptly reducing the pressure and mixing said reactants under high speed agitation induced by fluid propulsion while the movement of the mixture is confined to a closed substantially vertical elliptical path under reaction temperature and pressure conditions, said path having a region of highest compression at the lower end thereof, said reactants being subjected to the greatest centrifugal compression in the region of highest compression resulting from the tangential introduction of a fluid propellant from the outer periphery of said path whereby the chemical reaction is intensified and fresh reactant surfaces are maintained, and separating alkylated lead product from unreacted alkyl chloride and from residue.

2. A process of claim 1 which is carried out in a continuous manner and wherein the alloy is in the form of about 4 mesh particles.

3. A process of claim 2 wherein the reaction mixture contains a catalyst and the alkyl chloride reactant is in the form of a liquid.

4. A process of claim 3 wherein the alkyl chloride is ethyl chloride.

5. A process of claim 4 wherein the high speed agitation is induced by an inert gas propellant.

6. A process of claim 4 wherein the removed more finely divided portion of the reaction mixture is contacted with a solvent for tetraethyl lead, and a solution of tetraethyl lead in said solvent is separated from unreacted ethyl chloride and from the residue.

7. A process of claim 2 wherein the alkyl chloride reactant is in the form of a vapor.

8. A process of claim 7 wherein the alkyl chloride is ethyl chloride.

9. A process of claim 8 wherein the removed more finely divided portion of the reaction mixture is contacted with a solvent for tetraethyl lead, and a solution of tetraethyl lead in said solvent is separated from unreacted ethyl chloride and from the residue.

ROBERT STANTON.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification556/98, 556/101, 204/157.6, 556/99, 260/665.00R, 127/38, 564/64, 562/477, 260/665.00G, 23/314, 560/261, 422/616, 422/610
International ClassificationB01J16/00, B01J19/26
Cooperative ClassificationB01J2208/0053, B01J2208/00176, B01J2208/00327, B01J16/00, B01J2208/00283, B01J19/26
European ClassificationB01J16/00, B01J19/26