Design of Batch Scheduling
Design and scale-up of new batch processes presents a unique set of challenges versus design of continuous processes. One key difference is optimization of the time required for each process step. Rules of thumb are often used due to lack of data or tools.
Improvements in dynamic simulation software have allowed for more rigorous modeling of increasingly complex systems and scenarios. Modeling of batch process steps in the design phase can highlight potential problem areas such as heat balance limitations, short residence times, reversal of flows, and pressure/flow dependencies. This allows for efficient optimization of step scheduling using the latest dynamic simulation techniques. Examples of batch designs are presented using CHEMCAD simulation software. A new method is included for simplification of handling any number of process steps and control elements.