Modeling and analysis of conventional and heat-integrated distillation columns

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A generic model that can cover diabatic and adiabatic distillation column configurations is presented, with the aim ofproviding a consistent basis for comparison of alternative distillation column technologies. Both a static and a dynamic formulation of the model, together with a model catalogue consisting of the conventional, the heat-integrated and the mechanical vapor recompression distillation columns are presented. The solution procedure of the model is outlined and illustrated in three case studies. One case study being a benchmark study demonstrating the size of the model and the static properties of two different heat-integrated distillation column (HIDiC) schemes and the mechanical vapor recompression column. The second case study exemplifies the difference between a HIDiC and a conventional distillation column in the composition profiles within a multicomponent separation, whereas the last case study demonstrates the difference in available dynamic models for the HIDiC and the proposed model.
Original languageEnglish
JournalA I Ch E Journal
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)4251-4263
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Heat-integrated distillation column
  • Diabatic
  • Distillation
  • Heat integration
  • Simulation


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