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Optimisation of Batch Reactive Distillation Process


   Faculty of Engineering and Informatics


About the Project

Although the batch reactive distillation process outperforms traditional reactor-distillation processes, due to simultaneous reaction and separation of products for many reaction systems, synthesis of many esters obtained via esterification with alcohols (such as methanol, ethanol) are still challenging. These alcohols make the process very difficult due to problems of keeping the reactants together when one of the reactants (in this case alcohols) has the lowest boiling point than the reaction products. To overcome this challenge, our team has developed several novel reactive distillation column configurations in recent years.

With the aid of model-based techniques, the aim of this project is to study many other unexplored reaction systems using these novel configurations and to generate and evaluate more novel configurations. Design and operation parameters of the selected configurations will be optimised while maximising productivity/profit/conversion of limiting reactant, minimising cost/energy consumption.


References

1. D. Y. Aqar, Iqbal M. Mujtaba, Economic feasibility of an integrated semi-batch reactive distillation operation for the production of methyl decanoate, Separation and Purification Technology 257 (2021) 117871
2. Dhia Y. Aqar, Ammar S. Abbas, Raj Patel, Iqbal M. Mujtaba, Optimisation of semi-batch reactive distillation column for the synthesis of methyl palmitate, Separation and Purification Technology 270 (2021) 118776
3. D.Y. Aqar, N. Rahmanian, I.M. Mujtaba, A novel split-reflux policy in batch reactive distillation for the optimum synthesis of a number of methyl esters, Separation and Purification Technology 221 (2019) 363–377
4. D.Y. Aqar, N. Rahmanian, I.M. Mujtaba, Feasibility of novel integrated dividing-wall batch reactive distillation processes for the synthesis of methyl decanoate, Separation and Purification Technology 202 (2018) 200–215
5. D.Y. Aqar, N. Rahmanian, I.M. Mujtaba, Synthesis of Methyl Decanoate Using Different Types of Batch Reactive Distillation Systems, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2017, 56, 3969−3982
6. D.Y. Aqar, N. Rahmanian, I.M. Mujtaba, Feasibility of integrated batch reactive distillation columns for the optimal synthesis of ethyl benzoate, Chemical Engineering & Processing: Process Intensification 122 (2017) 10–20
7. D.Y. Aqar, N. Rahmanian, I.M. Mujtaba, Methyl lactate synthesis using batch reactive distillation: Operational challenges and strategy for enhanced performance, Separation and Purification Technology 158 (2016) 193–203.
8. D.Y. Aqar, N. Rahmanian, I.M. Mujtaba, Integrated batch reactive distillation column configurations for optimal synthesis of methyl lactate, Chemical Engineering and Processing, 108, 197-211, 2016

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