Pinch Point Analysis

Alexandre C. Dimian, Costin S. Bildea, Anton A. Kiss

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14 Citations (Scopus)


This chapter addresses the principles of achieving optimal energy utilisation. The principle is that the analysis of the process as a system leads to much more efficient solutions for saving energy than just by optimising the stand-alone units. Namely, this method can set optimum targets for energy saving, just from enthalpy-temperature profiles, well ahead the detailed design of heat exchangers. In a saving project, Pinch is the place where the heat transfer between hot and cold streams is the most important constraint. The Appropriate Placement of unit operations with respect to Pinch gives valuable insights for improving the energetic efficiency of the whole process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1570-7946


  • Composite Curves
  • Energy savings
  • Heat Exchangers Network
  • Minimum Energy Requirements
  • Pinch Analysis
  • Pinch Point

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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