Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (7): 1485-1497.doi: 10.1016/j.cjche.2018.09.015

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Synthesis of flexible heat exchanger networks: A review

Lixia Kang1, Yongzhong Liu1,2   

  1. 1 Department of Chemical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710049, China;
    2 Key Laboratory of Thermo-Fluid Science and Engineering, Ministry of Education, Xi'an 710049, China
  • Received:2018-07-17 Online:2019-07-28 Published:2019-10-14
  • Contact: Yongzhong Liu

Abstract: Dealing with uncertainty is one of practical issues in design and operation of heat exchanger networks (HENs), arising the problem of flexible HEN synthesis. This paper addresses the state-of-the-art methods for flexible HEN synthesis based on sensitivity analysis, resilience analysis, flexibility analysis and multiperiod synthesis techniques as well. Each of these methods is summarized by presenting their general procedures and recent developments on modeling, solving strategies and applications. Some current topics related to flexible process synthesis have been briefly presented to provide several future research possibilities.

Key words: Heat exchanger network, Sensitivity analysis, Resilience analysis, Flexibility analysis, Multiperiod synthesis