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A comprehensive economic optimization methodology of divided wall columns for biopolyol separation.


ABSTRACT: Global energetic and environmental crises have attracted worldwide attention in recent years. Biomass is an important direction of development for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and replacing fossil fuel. As downstream products of biomass, some industrially valuable polyols are costly to separate via conventional distillation due to their near volatility. The use of fully heat-integrated divided wall columns (DWCs), which carry energy and equipment investment savings, is a promising technique for purifying biopolyol products. However, the design of DWCs is complex because of the greater freedom of units, so the optimization of all variables is essential to minimize the cost of separation. A response surface methodology (RSM)-based Box-Behnken design (BBD) was proposed and applied to study the interactions between groups of factors and the effects of variables on total annual cost (TAC) savings. The optimization of global variables with RSM was confirmed to be a powerful and reliable method, and the TAC savings reached 41.09% compared to conventional distillation. In short, efficient design, lower costs and energy savings for polyol separation will promote the wide application of environmentally friendly biopolyol.

SUBMITTER: Chen T 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC7211852 | BioStudies | 2020-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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