Systematic Integrated Process Design and Control of Binary Element Reactive Distillation Processes

Seyed Soheil Mansouri, Mauricio Sales-Cruz, Jakob Kjøbsted Huusom, Rafiqul Gani

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In this work, integrated process design and control of reactive distillation processes is considered through a computer-aided framework. First, a set of simple design methods for reactive distillation column that are similar in concept to non-reactive distillation design methods are extended to design-control of reactive distillation columns. These methods are based on the element concept where the reacting system of compounds is represented as elements. When only two elements are needed to represent the reacting system of more than two compounds, a binary element system is identified. It is shown that the same design-control principles that apply to a non-reacting binary system of compounds are also valid for a reactive binary system of elements for distillation columns. Application of this framework shows that designing the reactive distillation process at the maximum driving force results in a feasible and reliable design of the process as well as the controller structure.
Original languageEnglish
JournalA I Ch E Journal
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)3137-3154
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Reactive distillation
  • Process design
  • Process control
  • Driving force
  • Computer-aided framework

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