Finding Energy Efficient Distillation Configurations and Dividing Wall Columns

Originally delivered May 24, 2017
Developed by: AIChE
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Do you design distillation configurations for multi-component separations based on heuristics, experience and creativity? There is a better way.    

In 60 minutes, you’ll focus on distillation and why it’s always important to design and build an energy-efficient process within the capital constraint. First, you’ll look at a simple and easy-to-use method for drawing a search space containing all feasible multi-component configurations to distill a given n-component feed mixture into n-products streams. Then, you’ll discuss a systematic method for identifying a handful of configurations from a search space that contains thousands to tens of thousands of configurations. Using this method, you can quickly identify energy-efficient and cost-effective distillation configurations for your applications. This webinar will then introduce a new method for drawing novel wall column arrangements without the conventional challenge of splitting vapor between the two sides of a dividing wall. This will give you the option of having many more dividing wall columns to choose and design. Finally, you will learn how to reduce heat duty without using intercolumn vapor transfers associated with a thermal coupling.

Take a look at your agenda:

  • A simple method for drawing a search space containing all feasible multi-component configurations
  • Mathematical routines that use short-cut approximations to identify highly efficient and low-cost configurations
  • A new method for drawing novel dividing wall column arrangements
  • A multitude of dividing wall columns that have recently become available
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