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Preliminary Design of Reactive Distillation Columns

Raphaële Théry Hétreux
Xuân-Mi Meyer
Xavier Joulia


A procedure that combines feasibility analysis, synthesis and design of reactive distillation columns is introduced. The main interest of this methodology lies on a progressive introduction of the process complexity. From minimal information concerning the physicochemical properties of the system, three steps lead to the design of the unit and the specification of its operating conditions. Most of the methodology exploits and enriches approaches found in the literature. Each step is described and our contribution is underlined. Its application is currently limited to equilibrium reactive systems where degree of freedom is equal to 2 or less than 2. This methodology which provides a reliable initialization point for the optimization of the process has been applied with success to different synthesis. The production of methyl-tert-butyl-ether (MTBE) and methyl acetate are presented as examples.
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hal-03600533 , version 1 (07-03-2022)



Raphaële Théry Hétreux, Xuân-Mi Meyer, Xavier Joulia, Michel Meyer. Preliminary Design of Reactive Distillation Columns. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 2005, 8 (4), pp.379-400. ⟨10.1205/cherd.04112⟩. ⟨hal-03600533⟩
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