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Previous work has seen (1) the development of a short cut design technique for thermally coupled distillation systems and (2) initial studies on the control and operability aspects of the Dividing Wall Column (DWC). The objective was to improve the existing short cut design techniques to cater for more realistic industrial applications. UMIST developed a novel methodology for steady-state design optimisation, to be applied to a wider range of problems, and multicomponent rather than ternary separations, the use of stripping steam and the other systems. The development of software supporting this new methodology was substantial contribution.

MWKL, utilising their wide base in the chemical, gas and refining industries, completed a rigorous analysis, using actual plant/design data. It demonstrated that DWC's provide a significant reduction in energy demand. The highest energy savings of 33 % were predicted for a refinery fractionation problem producing gasoline-blending components.

ASTON completed work on the air-water simulator to determine the liquid distribution in a packed section in a DWC.

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Record Number: 1472 / Last updated on: 2000-09-14
Category: PROJ