Application of side reactors on ETBE reactive distillation

Bisowarno, Budi H., Tian, Yu-Chu, & Tade, Moses O. (2004) Application of side reactors on ETBE reactive distillation. Chemical Engineering Journal, 99(1), pp. 35-43.

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Reactive distillation (RD) has demonstrated potential reduction in capital investment and operating costs. However, industrial RD is still limited for etherification, esterification and cumene systems. Expensive hardware requirement has reduced the benefits of the simpler RD flowsheet. Side reactors are introduced in this work to reduce the requirement of specific hardware design by shortening the reactive section of the RD column. Using the ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE) system as the case study, simulation results show that a shorter RD column with side reactors produced comparable performance to that of a longer RD column. This may lead to a further reduction of the cost of the column if smaller amount of the catalyst result in a decrease in the diameter or height of the column. Therefore, RD with side reactors is a promising configuration that should be investigated during the conceptual design phase.

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ID Code: 1566
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: side reactor, reactive distillation, conceptual design, ETBE, Process Design
DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2003.09.004
ISSN: 1385-8947
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 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 25 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:19

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