Process Optimisation

Process Optimisation

A Three-Day Symposium Organised by the Midlands Branch of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and Held at the University of Nottingham, 7–9 April 1987

1st Edition - January 1, 1987

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  • Authors: J. K. Walters, P. K. Andow, A.V. Bridgwater
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160511

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Process Optimisation documents the proceedings of a three-day Symposium organized by the Midlands Branch of The Institution of Chemical Engineers, held at the University of Nottingham, on 7-9 April 1987. The initiative for this Symposium on Process Optimization came from Dr. K.C. Mecklenburgh, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nottingham, who was Chairman of the Organizing Committee from its inception until his death in November 1986. Mecklenburgh was a scholarly man, an acknowledged authority on Plant Layout and Safety, and a man very active in all aspects of the Institution's affairs. This volume contains 27 papers organized into three sections and follows the development of Process Plant from conception to operation. The papers in Section 1 discuss Project Selection, with an emphasis on financial implications, resource availability, and energy matters. Section 2 is devoted to Process Design where detailed optimization possibilities are considered including safety and hazard assessment. Section 3 covers Plant Operation where condition monitoring, revamp, and computing and control systems are all considered for optimization.

Table of Contents

  • Project Selection

    1. Optimization of gas separation schemes for the ENSOL process

    2. Product and process selection: Aspects of expert systems in design

    3. Formulation of the large-scale NLP problem for optimization of reactor-separator processes

    4. Process intensification: fluid bed heat transfer

    5. Modern project investment appraisal: return to simplicity

    6. Total process plant analysis by process integration

    7. Synthesis of distillation sequences: a comparison of enumerative and AI methods

    8. Expert systems for production separator design

    9. Optimization of acid gas emission control strategies in the UK power generation industry

    Process Design

    10. Optimal cost design of a cyclohexanol plant

    11. Optimization of batch plant design

    12. Hazards assessment at initial layout stage

    13. Optimization and safety

    14. Dynamic model based optimization in the design of a batch process involving simultaneous reaction and distillation

    Detailed Design

    15. Integrated controlled random search: application to a wastewater treatment plant model

    16. Explosion venting of weakly flammable mixtures: implications for existing plant modifications

    17. An optimal overdesign strategy for fouling

    18. Re-vamp of high pressure distillation columns using random packings

    Plant Operation

    Part I: Case Studies

    19. Condition based maintenance - the optimum route to enhanced plant availability

    20. Statistical process control in the plantations industry

    21. Maximizing waste utilization in palm oil mills

    22. Optimization of phosphate grinding

    Part II

    23. Computer control of an olefine plant using an on-line optimizer

    24. On-line optimization of fluidized catalytic crackers

    25. Strategies for desalination optimization

    26. Optimal unit selection in a combined heat and power station

    27. Process optimization - design and operation: a practical experience


Product details

  • No. of pages: 380
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1987
  • Published: January 1, 1987
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160511

About the Authors

J. K. Walters

P. K. Andow

A.V. Bridgwater

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

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