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Title: Synthesis and design of ternary heterogeneous azeotropic distillation processes including advanced complex column configurations
Author: Prayoonyong, Paritta
ISNI:       0000 0004 2676 5394
Awarding Body: The University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis presents a novel methodology for synthesis of sequences separating ternary heterogeneous azeotropic mixtures employing distillation columns and decanters. Column design methods are developed for assessing feasibility of proposed separations and for identifying economically attractive designs of columns in sequences. Design methods for advanced and complex configurations of heterogeneous azeotropic columns exploit the boundary value method. The methods can be used for establishing product feasibility in a column and evaluating a column design on a basis of cost. A new design method is developed for columns with integrated decanters, in which the existence of two liquid phases is not limited to the decanter. For a column with multiple heterogeneous stages, multiple feasible designs can be generated, corresponding to different numbers of heterogeneous stages and various ratios of two liquid phases on the heterogeneous stages. The resulting feasible designs have different total numbers of stages and feed locations for a given set of product specifications and reflux ratio. The new design method is extended further for double-feed columns and columns with intermediate decanters. Case studies indicate that the presence of heterogeneous liquid in columns considerably improves the economic performance in some cases. The economic performance is also affected by the number of heterogeneous stages. The number of heterogeneous stages that leads to near-optimal designs can be determined using the new column design methods. For some mixtures, employing complex column configurations makes the separation feasible and provides significant cost savings. For other mixtures, the complex columns may not be as attractive as single-feed columns with integrated decanters. Column design details and other results form the column design methods are used successfully to initialise rigorous simulations and to facilitate simulation convergence.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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