Dividing wall columns for heterogeneous azeotropic distillation
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2015

© 2015 The Institution of Chemical Engineers. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. The aim of this work is to implement heterogeneous azeotropic distillation schemes in a dividing wall column (DWC) for a feed mixture of water (W), acetic acid (HAC) and an organic component (X). The original design makes use of X to act as an entrainer to facilitate the separation of water and HAC, and we also propose a DWC design based on this idea. This DWC design reduces the capital cost, but the energy usage is almost unchanged. To achieve energy savings and further reductions in capital costs, we need to use a Petlyuk DWC. We introduce isobutyl acetate (IBA) as an additional entrainer for the Petlyuk DWC, and achieve energy savings of about 20%.

Petlyuk arrangement

Dividing wall column (DWC)

Heterogeneous azeotropic distillation

Energy saving


Q.K. Le

Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

I.J. Halvorsen


Oleg Pajalic

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Kemiteknik, Kemisk miljövetenskap

S. Skogestad

Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

Chemical Engineering Research and Design

0263-8762 (ISSN) 1744-3563 (eISSN)

Vol. 99 111-119


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