Process Intensification of Ternary Distillation Using Dynamic Optimization Method and Data-Driven Approach
- Type: Conference Presentation
- Conference Type: AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
- Presentation Date: August 18, 2020
- Duration: 12 minutes
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- PDHs: 0.20
Process intensification (PI) is by now an accepted means for improving the energy efficiency of distillation column (sequences). Through the implementation of innovative design changes, process intensification significantly lowers both capital and operating costs. However, tight design integration/integration comes with control challenges: a reduced number of control degrees of freedom and a more constrained operation window compared to conventional columns .
In this paper, we rely on a different approach to process intensification, implemented in the temporal domain, which we refer to as âdynamic process intensification (DPI).â DPI aims to improve process efficiency by exploiting and favorably manipulating in the time domain the nonlinear dynamics of existing columns [5-7]. The principle of DPI consists of imposing operational instead of design changes, aiming to meet product quality constraints while minimizing energy per production rate through implementing a transient (periodic) operating pattern. Thus far, such patterns were defined in terms of switching between a finite (generally, two) fixed operating points. In this paper, we introduce a novel approach based on dynamic optimization. We introduce a data-driven approach for learning the DPI optimization-relevant dynamics of a distillation process from its operational history and present a dynamic optimization-based DPI framework. We show that, among others, Hammerstein-Wiener (HW) models that have fewer parameters to regress and can be trained with a considerably smaller amount of data can accurately capture the dynamics of the distillation plant along with its control system [8-9].
We will apply this conceptual framework to an extensive case study separating cyclohexane, toluene and m-xylene mixture. Meeting all quality constraints, DPI can offer considerable energy savings compared to steady-state operation of the same column.
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