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Systematic design of an extractive distillation for maximum-boiling azeotropes with heavy entrainers

Abstract : Extractive distillation is one of the most attractive approaches for separating azeotropic mixtures. Few contributions have been reported to design an extractive distillation for separating maximum-boiling azeotropes and no systematic approaches for entrainer screening have been presented. A systematic approach to design of two-column extractive distillation for separating azeotropes with heavy entrainers has been proposed. A thermodynamic feasibility analysis for azeotropes with potential heavy entrainers was first conducted. Then, five important properties are selected for entrainer evaluation. Fuzzy logic and develop membership functions to calculate attribute values of selected properties have been used. An overall indicator for entrainer evaluation is proposed and a ranking list is generated. Finally, the top five entrainers from the ranking list have been selected and use process optimization techniques to further evaluate selected entrainers and generate an optimal design. The capability of the proposed method is illustrated using the separation of acetone–chloroform azeotropes with five potential entrainers.
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Weifeng Shen, Lichun Dong, Shun'An Wei, Jie Li, Hassiba Benyounes, et al.. Systematic design of an extractive distillation for maximum-boiling azeotropes with heavy entrainers. AIChE Journal, Wiley, 2015, vol. 61 (n° 11), pp. 3898-3910. ⟨10.1002/aic.14908⟩. ⟨hal-01343157⟩

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