Design and control of glycerol-tert-butyl alcohol etherification process

Elena Vlad, Costin Sorin Bildea, Grigore Bozga

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Abstract

Design, economics, and plantwide control of a glycerol-tert-butyl alcohol (TBA) etherification plant are presented. The reaction takes place in liquid phase, in a plug flow reactor, using Amberlyst 15 as a catalyst. The products' separation is achieved by two distillation columns where high-purity ethers are obtained and a section involving extractive distillation with 1,4-butanediol as solvent, which separates TBA from the TBA/water azeotrope. Details of design performed in AspenPlus and an economic evaluation of the process are given. Three plantwide control structures are examined using a mass balance model of the plant. The preferred control structure fixes the fresh glycerol flow rate and the ratio glycerol + monoether: TBA at reactor-inlet. The stability and robustness in the operation are checked by rigorous dynamic simulation in AspenDynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number180617
JournalThe Scientific World Journal
Volume2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Design and control of glycerol-tert-butyl alcohol etherification process. / Vlad, Elena; Bildea, Costin Sorin; Bozga, Grigore.

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Vlad, Elena ; Bildea, Costin Sorin ; Bozga, Grigore. / Design and control of glycerol-tert-butyl alcohol etherification process. In: The Scientific World Journal. 2012 ; Vol. 2012.
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