Design, Control and Economics of a Process for Isobutyl Acrylate Production

Mihai Daniel Moraru, Diana Adela Berinde, Costin Sorin Bildea

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Isobutyl acrylate (i-BA) can be produced by direct esterification of acrylic acid with isobutanol using solid-based catalysts. The novelty of this work consists in developing a process for i-BA production, for which design, control and economic evaluation studies have not been reported in literature. The reaction is performed in a multitubular fixed-bed reactor, while the separation system employs conventional distillation equipment. The difficult separation between the acrylate and acid (close boiling and maximum temperature homogeneous azeotropy at 1.013 bar) is achieved by vacuum distillation, condition at which the relative volatility increases and the azeotrope disappears. The process is controllable, the control system showing robustness when production capacity and reactor temperature change. The economic evaluation shows attractive key economic indicators in terms of revenues, and capital and utility costs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
EditorsAnton Friedl, Jiří J. Klemeš, Stefan Radl, Petar S. Varbanov, Thomas Wallek
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780444642356
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1570-7946


  • acrylic acid
  • esterification
  • i-butanol
  • reaction-separation-recycle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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