This practical how-to-do book deals with the design of sustainable chemical processes by means of systematic methods aided by computer simulation. Ample case studies illustrate generic creative issues, as well as the efficient use of simulation techniques, with each one standing for an important issue taken from practice. The didactic approach guides readers from basic knowledge to mastering complex flow-sheets, starting with chemistry and thermodynamics, via process synthesis, efficient use of energy and waste minimization, right up to plant-wide control and process dynamics. The simulation results are compared with flow-sheets and performance indices of actual industrial licensed processes, while the complete input data for all the case studies is also provided, allowing readers to reproduce the results with their own simulators. For everyone interested in the design of innovative chemical processes.
Alexandre C. Dimian has been Associate Professor for Process Design and Integration at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, since 1993. He wrote his PhD thesis in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Bucharest, Romania, and TU Hanover, Germany. He worked as a consultant for computer applications in process industries for 12 years, has realized numerous industrial projects, and has more than 100 refereed scientific papers as well as five books and three patents to his name. His research interests focus on the computer-aided design of chemical processes, and, more recently, on biofuels and biorefinery applications. C. Sorin Bildea holds two MSc degrees in chemical engineering and automatics and received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Following posts as Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology and a researcher at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, he is currently Associate Professor at the University Politehnica Bucharest, Romania, where he teaches process control and various other chemical engineering courses. He has more than 50 published papers and conference presentations to his name and his research interests are in the fields of nonlinear dynamics and integration between process design and process control.
Integrated Process Design Process Synthesis by Hierarchical Approach Synthesis of Separation System Reactor / Separation / Recycle Systems Phenol Hydrogenation to Cyclohexanone Alkylation of Benzene by Propylene to Cumene Vinyl Chloride Monomer Process Fatty-Ester Synthesis by Catalytic Distillation Isobutane Alkylation Vinyl Acetate Monomer Process Acrylonitrile by Propene Ammoxidation Biochemical Process for NOx Removal PVC Manufactoring by Suspension Polymerization Biodiesel Manufacturing Bioethanol Manufacturing