With increasing energy prices and public sensitivity to energy consumption, many plants are paying more attention to optimizing distillation. Simple and low-risk operational changes often can provide substantial savings.
Control's Béla Lipták continues his series on control of distillation processes, this time focusing on managing reboiler flow, temperature, feed rate, loading and reflux for economy, stability and safety.
Residue curve mapping is a powerful tool to better understand the design and operation of distillation columns. This article describes how to use residue curve maps to check the feasibility of separation of homogeneous mixtures and for developing the conceptual design of towers.
Sound purchasing decisions depend upon properly soliticiting and evaluating proposals from various vendors. This article will help you assemble a request for a proposal that should lead to responses that meet your needs and that you can compare.
Author: John G. Kunesh, consultant, and Raymond M. Sowiak, Sunoco
The theme for this years PIP Conference was Changing Times The Common Denominator. With over 140 registered attendees the conference included participants from member, subscriber, and licensee companies as well as other invited guests from the industry.
Distillation has always been a critical and costly step in the manufacture of products in the petroleum, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. Fractionation Research reveals how companies can pool their efforts to obtain experimental distillation data.
Pneumatic conveying has long been a popular choice for moving bulk materials. However, the technology hasn't been standing still, and this can influence the choice between several types of pneumatic systems.