Integrated Process Design and Control of Cyclic Distillation Columns

Bastian B. Andersen*, Rasmus F. Nielsen, Isuru A. Udugama, Emmanouil Papadakis, Krist V. Gernaey, Jakob K. Huusom, Seyed Soheil Mansouri, Jens Abildskov

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Integrated process and control design approach for cyclic distillation columns is proposed. The design methodology is based on application of simple graphical design approaches, known from simpler conventional distillation columns. Here, a driving force approach and McCabe-Thiele type analysis is combined. It is demonstrated, through closed-loop and open-loop analysis, that operating the column at the largest available driving force results in an optimal design in terms of controllability and operability. The performance of a cyclic distillation column designed to operate at the maximum driving force is compared to alternative sub-optimal designs. The results suggest that operation at the largest driving force is less sensitive to disturbances in the feed and inherently has the ability to efficiently reject disturbances.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesI F A C Workshop Series
Issue number18
Pages (from-to)542-547
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event10th IFAC Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes (ADCHEM 2018) - Shenyang, China
Duration: 25 Jul 201827 Jul 2018


Conference10th IFAC Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes (ADCHEM 2018)


  • Cyclic distillation
  • Process control
  • Process design
  • Process intensification
  • Driving force


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