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Feasibility analysis, synthesis, and design of reactive distillation processes: A focus on double-feed processes

Théry Hétreux, Raphaële and Meyer, Xuân-Mi and Meyer, Michel and Joulia, Xavier and Brehelin, Mathias and Amoros, Daniel Feasibility analysis, synthesis, and design of reactive distillation processes: A focus on double-feed processes. (2012) AIChE Journal, 58 (8). 2346-2356. ISSN 0001-1541

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/AIC.12768


A new approach for the feasibility analysis of reactive distillation processes based on the reactive extractive curve maps (rExCM) concept is introduced. A method dedicated to reactive distillation feasibility analysis, and design has been developed in our team since 1999. From minimal information concerning the physicochemical properties of the system, three steps lead to the design of the unit and the specification of its operating conditions. Currently, the procedure permits the conceptual design of hybrid reactive column configuration with one or two feed plates, for any number of equilibrium reactions (provided that the degree of freedom of the system is equal to 2) occurring in liquid or vapor phase. This contribution focuses on the most recent developments: the generalization of the feasibility analysis step to double-feed processes thanks to the introduction of the rExCM concept. This methodology is illustrated through two examples: the emblematic methyl acetate example and the production of dimethyl methyl glutarate

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-03468987
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)
Other partners > Rhodia (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
Laboratoire de Génie Chimique - LGC (Toulouse, France) - Procédés Systèmes Industriels (PSI) - Analyse fonctionnelle des Procédés
Laboratoire de Génie Chimique - LGC (Toulouse, France) - Réaction, mélange & séparation (RMS)
Rhodia Centre de Recherche (Saint-Fons, France)
Deposited On:13 Jul 2012 14:31

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