Simultaneous Process and Heat Exchanger Network Synthesis Using a Discrete Temperature Grid

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We propose mixed-integer linear programming models for utility targeting and heat exchanger network synthesis that account for variable stream temperatures and flow rates as well as unclassified streams and thus can be integrated with process synthesis optimization models. By projecting temperature information onto a fixed discrete temperature grid, the model remains linear even under variable temperatures and flow rates, leading to a more tractable optimization model. The proposed model is well suited to address problems in the area of process intensification where the close interaction between different phenomena naturally leads to process synthesis problems with unclassified process streams. Several extensions are presented, including nonisothermal mixing as well as phase changes. Furthermore, we show how a nonuniform grid can be adopted to reduce the complexity of the model for medium and large-size problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6002-6016
Number of pages15
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 17 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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