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New – See Web Labs in the menu bar above. Our current focus is development of Web Labs.
The Reactor Lab is a desktop app that provides simulations of a variety of chemical reactors. The Lab is useful in teaching Chemical Reaction Engineering. Students can actively learn about chemical reactions and reactors by performing experiments and analyzing data – quickly, safely, and inexpensively.
Reactor Lab can be downloaded free of charge at the DOWNLOAD menu tab.
Course notes are at the RESOURCES menu tab.
The Lab has been developed by Richard K. Herz and his students at the University of California, San Diego, since 1993. The Lab has been downloaded by students from over 100 countries.
A brief history of the development of Reactor Lab through 2006 is available at LiveCode Journal (link). The article refers to Revolution, which was LiveCode’s previous name. On the Videos, Screen shots & Reports page are links to annual reports which explain the philosophy, design and features of this project.
Our earlier project SimzLab, which includes PureWaterLab and the Control Lab, is also available on the Download page. Support for development of the Lab has been received from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the UCSD Academic Senate.
Web Labs, the desktop Reactor Lab and SimzLab software are open-source, cross-platform projects. View our open-source projects at https://github.com/RichardHerz. Contact us if you are interested in using these versions or learning more about the structure and the code.