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Okoro, Emeka Emmanuel and Madu, Nnaemeka and Ekeinde, Evelyn Bose and Dosunmu, Adewale (2017) A MODEL TO OPTIMIZE A CRYOGENIC SEPARATION SYSTEM WITH INNOVATIVE HYBRID DISTILLATION MEMBRANE IN SERIES. Petroleum and Coal, 59 (6). pp. 967-974. ISSN 1337-7027

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The study developed a model for hybrid distillation membrane that optimized the energy usage in binary cryogenic separation. In separating air mixture components, distillation columns are often used and these columns consumes very large energy during operation. From analysis, the exergy efficiency and heat transfer of a cryogenic air separation double diabatic column in the distillation process is greater than that of the conventional adiabatic double columns. There is need to discover alternative separation technologies with lesser energy consumption such as membrane separation. However, use of membrane separation alone is constrained to small separation due to large areas needed with the attendant costs. Thus, a hybrid system comprising of distillation column and membrane separator offers the best compromise. To optimize the process, the overhead product from the distillation column was fed to a membrane separator in series in this study. A mathematical Model approach was proposed to improve a hybrid separation system comprising of a distillation column and a Serial novel membrane separation unit. First, a model was introduced that validated if the hybrid system could optimize the process and the order of magnitude of energy that can be expected. Secondly, a superstructure optimization approach was applied and it uses rigorous models for both the column and the membrane. A process simulator, excel and visual basic were used to solve and program the equations. The result showed that significant energy savings was achieved using a novel hybrid separation system with a material membrane.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cryogenic distillation; Separation; Petrochemical industry; Hybrid separation system; Membrane separation unit
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Emeka Okoro
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2018 08:47
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2018 08:55

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