Feasibility of batch reactive distillation with equilibrium-limited consecutive reactions in rectifier, stripper, or middle-vessel column

T. Lukács, C. Stéger, E. Rév, M. Meyer, Z. Lelkes

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A general overall feasibility methodology of batch reactive distillation of multireaction systems is developed to study all the possible configurations of batch reactive distillation. The general model equations are derived for multireaction system with any number of chemical equilibrium-limited reactions and for any number of components. The present methodology is demonstrated with the detailed study of the transesterification of dimethyl carbonate in two reversible cascade reactions in batch reactive distillation process. Pure methanol is produced as distillate, and pure diethyl carbonate is produced at the bottom simultaneously in middle-vessel column; in each section, continuous feeding of ethanol is necessary. The results of feasibility study are successfully validated by rigorous simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number231828
JournalInternational Journal of Chemical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2011


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  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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