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Flexibility analysis of a distillation column: Indexes comparison and economic assessment

Di Pretoro, Alessandro and Montastruc, Ludovic and Manenti, Flavio and Joulia, Xavier Flexibility analysis of a distillation column: Indexes comparison and economic assessment. (2019) Computers & Chemical Engineering, 124. 93-108. ISSN 0098-1354

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compchemeng.2019.02.004


The worldwide shared definition of “optimal design” refers to the cheapest and simplest design able to perform the required job; most of the time this definition is strictly related to given operating conditions, i.e. the input variables are seldom subjected to considerable variations. However, in process engineering, plenty of cases don’t fit this definition due to the uncertain nature of the feedstock needed to be processed. Therefore, if a system is likely to undergo several and substantial perturbations, an a priori flexibility assessment can be crucial for the good performance of the operation. In chemical engineering the leading separation process is distillation. Hence the first purpose of this paper is to define a procedure and compare the different flexibility indexes found in literature in order to perform a simple distillation column flexibility assessment. The second goal of this paper is to couple the flexibility and economic aspects related to the distillation column investment costs and again to compare the different indexes economic behaviours.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02063264
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:11 Mar 2019 08:34

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