A continuous process is a technical process ( synthesis , chemical reaction , physical conversion) in process engineering that runs continuously, i.e. H. without interruptions, in contrast to the discontinuous process of the batch process . The former take place, for example, in tubular reactors , the latter in more or less closed vessels such as stirred kettles . Overall processes that are based on both principles are referred to as semi- or semi-continuous processes.
Continuous processes are preferred when processing large quantities with few product changes, as the set-up times for cleaning and refilling typical for batch processes are no longer necessary and are therefore more economical in these cases.