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Novel Procedure for Assessment of Feasible Design Parameters of Dividing-Wall Columns: Application to Non-azeotropic Mixtures

Benyounes, Hassiba and Benyahia, Khadidja and Shen, Weifeng and Gerbaud, Vincent and Dong, Lichun and Wei, Shun'an Novel Procedure for Assessment of Feasible Design Parameters of Dividing-Wall Columns: Application to Non-azeotropic Mixtures. (2015) Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 54 (19). 5307-5318. ISSN 0888-5885

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Official URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ie5048576


Dividing wall columns (DWCs), as a subset of fully thermally coupled distillation systems (FTCDS), is considered as one of most appealing distillation technologies to the chemical industry, because it can bring about substantial reduction in the capital investment, as well as savings in the operating costs. This study targets on how to improve the energy efficiency of DWCs by achieving their well-designed feasible parameters. Two methods are applied to study the effect of liquid and vapor split ratios including a shortcut method and a method of systematic calculations by using differential equation profiles. In the latter approach, differential composition profiles in each column section are obtained by considering feasible key design parameters. The finding of pinch points for each section profiles allowed determining the limiting values of the operating parameters. The intersections of these profiles are used to get well-designed feasible parameters of the liquid and vapor split ratios in an attempt to obtain the desired purities of the top, bottom, and side-stream products. The obtained parameters are validated by rigorous simulations. Three types of case studies involve the separation of hydrocarbons (n-pentane, n-hexane, n-heptane), aromatics (benzene, toluene, p-xylene), and alcohols (ethanol, propanol, butanol).

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HAL Id:hal-01338271
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Chongqing University (CHINA)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Mohamed Boudiaf d'Oran - USTO (ALGERIA)
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