Multi-technology separation system synthesis

Garry S.P. Taifan, Christos T. Maravelias

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We address the synthesis of separation systems when multiple technologies are available. Since different technologies exploit different properties, we introduce a component ranking system based on those properties and use it to (1) construct matrices that identify possible separation splits and (2) generate a network-based superstructure that encompasses numerous promising configurations comprising multiple separation technologies. Each separation split is performed in a separation block representing a set of operations enabling sharp separation. The approach adopts a generalized problem statement which allows us to consider the simultaneous synthesis of separation and reactor systems. We present three examples to illustrate the applicability of the approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number108616
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
StatePublished - Apr 2024
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Optimization
  • Process synthesis
  • Separation system


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