I'm having diffuculty with an H2SO4 Alky Unit reactor... Tar like solids which I understand to be the product of a reaction of the acid and Isobutane seem to end up downstream. The pumps that move the product downstream, called effluent pumps, also supply the flush for the reactor agitator/mixer seal. These solids seem to clog the flush line starving the mechanical seal and bringing the reactor down for maintenance.
I'm obviously not a ChemE, I'm the mech seal rep.
Am I barking up the wrong tree, are these solids what I think they are, has anyone had experience with this problem?
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