Process Integration


  • Mahmoud M. El-Halwagi, The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A & M University, College Station, USA

With growing global competition, the process industries must spare no effort in insuring continuous process improvement in terms of
• Increasing profitability;
• Conservation of resources and
• Prevention of pollution
The question is how can engineers achieve these goals for a given process with numerous units and streams? Until recently conventional approaches to process design and operation put emphasis only on individual units and parts of the process. A more powerful integrated approach was lacking. The new field of Process Integration looks towards the processing plant as a whole in its attempt to find solutions and improvements. Research over the past two decades has resulted in many techniques that allow engineers to better understand complex facilities and significantly enhance their performance. This textbook presents a comprehensive and authoritative treatment of the concepts, tools and applications of Process Integration. Emphasis is given to systematic ways of analyzing process performance. Graphical, algebraic and mathematical procedures are presented in detail. In addition to covering the fundamentals of the subject, the book also includes numerous case studies and examples that illustrate how Process Integration is solving actual industrial problems.
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Process engineers and consultants, senior-level undergraduate students and first-year graduate students, and researchers in the area of process systems engineering


Book information

  • Published: February 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-370532-7

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Process Integration
Chapter 2: Overall Mass Targeting
Chapter 3: Graphical Techniques for Direct-Recycle Strategies
Chapter 4: Synthesis of Mass Exchange Networks: A Graphical Approach
Chapter 5: Visualization Techniques for the Development of Detailed Mass-Integration Strategies
Chapter 6: Algebraic Approach to Targeting Direct Recycle
Chapter 7: An Algebraic Approach to the Targeting opf Mass Exchange Networks
Chapter 8: Recycle Strategies Using Property Integration
Chapter 9: Heat Integration
Chapter 10: Combined Heat and Power Integration
Chapter 11: Overview of Optimization
Chapter 12: Mathematical Approach to Direct Recycle
Chapter 13: Mathematical Techniques for the Synthesis of Mass and Heat Exchange
Chapter 14: Mathematical Techiques for Mass-Integration
Chapter 15: Putting it Together: Initiatives and Applications