The Glass Reactor is a generic term for a type of vessel widely used in the process industries. It is used for a variety of process operations such as dissolution of solids, product mixing, chemical reactions, batch distillation, crystallization, extraction and polymerization.
A typical glass reactor consists of a glass vessel with an agitator and integral heating/cooling system. The borosilicate glass vessels come with sizes from 50ml up to 200L. Liquids or solids are feed via connections at the top cover of the reactor. Vapors are discharged through the connections at the top and the wastes are usually discharged out from the bottom.
The advantages of the glass reactor lie with its versatility and visibility. A single vessel system can carry out a sequence of different operations without the need to break containment which is useful when processing toxic or highly potent compounds.