Reactive distillation (RD) is a great process intensification concept applicable to equilibrium limited reaction systems, but how can anyone decide quickly if RD is indeed worth applying? To answer this question, this study proposes a mapping method for checking the applicability of reactive distillation (RD). The initial development is for one of the most relevant subset of quaternary reversible reactions (A + B ⇄ C + D, with boiling points Tb,C < Tb,A < Tb,B < Tb,D), by using only basic chemical (equilibrium and kinetics) and physical (relative volatilities) parameters. Generic cases, assuming ideal thermodynamics and constant parameters, are used to obtain a set of RD applicability graphs that provide broad insights into the RD operation. In addition, the new mapping method provides reasonable estimates of the RD applicability to real (non-ideal) chemical systems based on the available pre-defined maps (which are actually applicability graphs of the generic ideal cases). This new approach leads to a straightforward estimation of the applicability of RD to real systems, prior to performing any rigorous process simulations and without any clear-cut decision making (as used in previous studies).
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Chemical engineering and processing : process intensification|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2018|
- Conceptual design
- Process intensification
- Reactive distillation
- Applicability evaluation