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Aluminum Chloride Production

By Intratec Solutions |

This column is based on “Aluminum Chloride Production Process – Cost Analysis,” a report published by Intratec. It can be found at: www.intratec.us/analysis/aluminum-chloride-production-cost. Aluminum chloride (AlCl3) is among the most widely used Lewis acids in industry, and is also one of the most powerful. The compound is employed as a catalyst in the manufacture of a multitude of organic chemicals produced by several different reaction mechanisms, including isomerization, alkylation and polymerization. The main applications of AlCl 3 are in the production of ethylbenzene and dyes. AlCl3 catalyzes the ethylation of benzene with ethylene to yield ethylbenzene, which, in turn, is used in the production of styrene. In the dyestuffs industry, AlCl 3 is used as a catalyst in the production of anthraquinone and its derivatives, as well as in the production of pigments. The process The following paragraphs describe a conventional process for anhydrous AlCl3 production from aluminum metal and chlorine. Figure 1 presents a simplified flow diagram of the process. Figure 1. This figure shows a conventional process for the production of AlCl3 from aluminum and chlorine[/caption] Reaction. The reaction takes place in ceramic-lined,…
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