Analysis of chemical routes and processes for production of glycerol ethers

Costin Sorin Bildea, Cristian Brunchi, Grigore Bozga

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The feasibility of glycerol etherification is investigated, considering olefins, alcohols and ethers as co-reactants. Details are presented for the reaction between glycerol and iso-butene. Simultaneous phase and chemical equilibrium calculations show that large glycerol conversion can be obtained at a good selectivity towards the desired di-ether. The behaviour of the reactor-separation-recycle flowsheet is analyzed, demonstrating that the recycle of the mono-ether has a beneficial effect. About 1 m3 of reactor volume is necessary for producing 1 kmol/h of di-ether, while the recycle rates of glycerol and mono-ethers are kept at small values.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication19th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering
EditorsJacek Jezowski, Jan Thullie
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1570-7946


  • glycerol ethers
  • phase and chemical equilibrium
  • process design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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