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Modeling, Simulation, and Operability Analysis of a Nonisothermal, Countercurrent, Polymer Membrane Reactor

Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA
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Processes 2020, 8(1), 78; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr8010078
Received: 16 October 2019 / Revised: 27 December 2019 / Accepted: 2 January 2020 / Published: 7 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Computational Methods for Polymers)
As interest in the modularization and intensification of chemical processes continues to grow, more research must be directed towards the modeling and analysis of these units. Intensified process units such as polymer membrane reactors pose unique challenges pertaining to design and operation that have not been fully addressed. In this work, a novel approach for modeling membrane reactors is developed in AVEVA’s Simcentral Simulation Platform. The produced model allows for the simulation of polymer membrane reactors under nonisothermal and countercurrent operation for the first time. This model is then applied to generate an operability mapping to study how operating points translate to overall unit performance. This work demonstrates how operability analyses can be used to identify areas of improvement in membrane reactor design, other than just using operability mapping studies to identify optimal input conditions. The performed analysis enables the quantification of the Pareto frontier that ultimately leads to design improvements that both increase overall performance and decreases the cost of the unit. View Full-Text
Keywords: process intensification; operability; modularity; process modeling and simulation process intensification; operability; modularity; process modeling and simulation
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Bishop, B.A.; Lima, F.V. Modeling, Simulation, and Operability Analysis of a Nonisothermal, Countercurrent, Polymer Membrane Reactor. Processes 2020, 8, 78. https://doi.org/10.3390/pr8010078

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Bishop BA, Lima FV. Modeling, Simulation, and Operability Analysis of a Nonisothermal, Countercurrent, Polymer Membrane Reactor. Processes. 2020; 8(1):78. https://doi.org/10.3390/pr8010078

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Bishop, Brent A., and Fernando V. Lima 2020. "Modeling, Simulation, and Operability Analysis of a Nonisothermal, Countercurrent, Polymer Membrane Reactor" Processes 8, no. 1: 78. https://doi.org/10.3390/pr8010078

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