Chin.J.Chem.Eng. ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (5): 993-1002.doi: 10.1016/j.cjche.2017.11.003

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Effect of thermodynamic parameters on prediction of phase behavior and process design of extractive distillation

Hui Jia1, Huixin Wang2, Kang Ma1, Mengxiao Yu1, Zhaoyou Zhu1, Yinglong Wang1   

  1. 1 College of Chemical Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042, China;
    2 National Registration Center for Chemicals, SINOPEC Research Institute of Safety Engineering, Qingdao 266071, China
  • Received:2017-09-04 Revised:2017-11-04 Online:2018-05-28 Published:2018-06-29
  • Contact: Yinglong Wang,E-mail
  • Supported by:

    Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21676152) and the Key Research Project of Shandong Province (2016GSF116004).

Abstract: Extractive distillation was investigated for separation of the minimum azeotrope of n-propanol/water, via the Aspen Plus simulation platform. Experimental data of n-propanol/water, which could pass the thermodynamic consistency test, were regressed to get suitable binary interaction parameters (BIPs) by the UNIQUAC thermodynamic model. The azeotrope system was heterogeneous in the simulation with built-in BIPs, which was contrary to the experimental data. The study focused on the effect of thermodynamic parameters on the prediction of phase behavior, and process design of extractive distillation. N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and ethylene glycol were used as solvents to implement the separation. Processes with built-in and regressed BIPs were explored, based on the minimum total annual cost (TAC). There were significant differences in the phase behavior simulation using different thermodynamic parameters, which showed the importance of BIPs in the design and optimization of extractive distillation.

Key words: Extractive distillation, Thermodynamic parameters, Phase behavior, UNIQUAC, TAC