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Extraction Centrifuges—Intensified Equipment Facilitating Modular and Flexible Plant Concepts

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Life Sciences and Engineering, Bingen University of Applied Sciences, Berlinstr. 109, 55411 Bingen am Rhein, Germany
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Lonza AG, Central R&D LSI, Rottenstr. 6, 3930 Visp, Switzerland
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Laboratory of Thermal Process Engineering, Institute of Chemical Engineering, Ulm University, Albert-Einstein-Allee 47, 89081 Ulm, Germany
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ChemEngineering 2019, 3(1), 17; https://doi.org/10.3390/chemengineering3010017
Received: 13 December 2018 / Revised: 21 January 2019 / Accepted: 30 January 2019 / Published: 11 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Progress in Thermal Process Engineering)
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Abstract

In recent years, modularization of chemical production plants has become a widely discussed trend to overcome some of key issues the chemical industry struggles with. High volatility in raw material and customer markets, shorter product life cycles, cost pressure and increasing competition are just a few of them. Modularization of chemical production offers the opportunity to deal with these issues. The unit operations, which are capable to be applied in modular plant concepts, are subject of on-going research. On the reaction side, tubular continuous flow reactors are typical assets and methods for design and operation are available on a high technical level. Separation units on the downstream side are not yet developed to technical maturity. This paper focuses on extraction centrifuges, which are promising devices due to their large range of application, small volumes, high separation efficiency and excellent scalability. Industrial examples show the performance of extraction centrifuges in multi-purpose large-scale production facilities and prove that these units are predestined for application in modular plants. View Full-Text
Keywords: production in modular plants; modular unit operations; extractive centrifuges; centrifugal contactor separator production in modular plants; modular unit operations; extractive centrifuges; centrifugal contactor separator
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Seyfang, B.C.; Klein, A.; Grützner, T. Extraction Centrifuges—Intensified Equipment Facilitating Modular and Flexible Plant Concepts. ChemEngineering 2019, 3, 17.

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