An applicable method for efficiency estimation of operating tray distillation columns and its comparison with the methods utilized in HYSYS and Aspen Plus

Sadeghifar, H ; Sharif University of Technology | 2015

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1007/s00231-015-1511-9
  3. Publisher: Springer Verlag , 2015
  4. Abstract:
  5. Developing general methods that rely on column data for the efficiency estimation of operating (existing) distillation columns has been overlooked in the literature. Most of the available methods are based on empirical mass transfer and hydraulic relations correlated to laboratory data. Therefore, these methods may not be sufficiently accurate when applied to industrial columns. In this paper, an applicable and accurate method was developed for the efficiency estimation of distillation columns filled with trays. This method can calculate efficiency as well as mass and heat transfer coefficients without using any empirical mass transfer or hydraulic correlations and without the need to estimate operational or hydraulic parameters of the column. E.g., the method does not need to estimate tray interfacial area, which can be its most important advantage over all the available methods. The method can be used for the efficiency prediction of any trays in distillation columns. For the efficiency calculation, the method employs the column data and uses the true rates of the mass and heat transfers occurring inside the operating column. It is highly emphasized that estimating efficiency of an operating column has to be distinguished from that of a column being designed
  6. Keywords:
  7. Distillation ; Efficiency ; Heat transfer ; Mass transfer ; Efficiency calculations ; Efficiency estimation ; Efficiency predictions ; Hydraulic parameters ; Interfacial areas ; Laboratory datum ; Mass and heat transfer coefficients ; Mass and heat transfers ; Distillation columns
  8. Source: Heat and Mass Transfer/Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung ; Volume 51, Issue 10 , October , 2015 , Pages 1393-1402 ; 09477411 (ISSN)
  9. URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00231-015-1511-9