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Interaction of separation and reactive stages on ETBE reactive distillation columns

Bisowarno, Budi H., Tian, Yu-Chu, & Tade, Moses O. (2004) Interaction of separation and reactive stages on ETBE reactive distillation columns. AIChE Journal, 50(3), pp. 646-653.

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Abstract

Reactive distillation is a favorable alternative to conventional series of reactor-distillation processes for ether productions. However, the design of such columns is complicated due to the interaction between vapor-liquid equilibrium and reaction rates. There are conflicting reports on whether adding excessive separation stages degrade the column performance. A comparison is made of several designs of single and double feed reactive distillation columns for ETBE production to investigate the effects of separation and reaction stages on the overall performance. The explanations are presented using simulation results, whose mathematical models are written in the Aspen Plus environment. The results confirm that a conservative approach by adding extra separation and reaction stages can be applied to reactive distillation design. However, output multiplicity may be observed for longer column and should be considered in the early design phase.

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ID Code: 1565
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: reactive distillation, design (process simulation), simulation, process, MTBE, OPTIMIZATION, PERFORMANCE
DOI: 10.1002/aic.10058
ISSN: 0001-1541
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (090400) > Chemical Engineering Design (090403)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (090400) > Process Control and Simulation (090407)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 John Wiley& Sons
Deposited On: 25 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:19

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