We propose a mixed-integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) model for simultaneous utility and heat exchanger area targeting with variable stream conditions. The model represents the composite-curve-based area targeting method by constructing the hot and cold composite curves mathematically. We introduce a "dynamic" enthalpy grid onto which the stream inlet/outlet temperatures and enthalpies are mapped. By calculating the temperatures at each grid point and the stream heat duties at each interval, the utility consumption and heat exchanger areas are simultaneously optimized using an economic criterion. We discuss preprocessing methods tailored to aid the solution of the proposed MINLP model. The model is applied to two illustrative examples as well as an example where it is integrated with a process synthesis model.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering