The primary aim of process-network synthesis, or PNS in short, is to determine the best process network achieving a desired goal, e.g., producing a set of desired products or satisfy demands. PNS has a long history, and numerous methods for executing it are available. Its acceleratedly increasing importance can be attributed to the need to respond to the rapid emergence of new technologies and fast changes in the economic environment. It is highly desirable that any corporation be able to ascertain if a new technology is viable for its business as well as to assess if its current technology remains sustainable in the changing environment. Herein, a novel method and software for PNS are proposed for generating, optimizing, and analyzing alternative process designs at the conceptual level. The method is illustrated by synthesizing alternative process designs with different network structures for the production of butanol, ethanol, and acetone from grains. Furthermore, the sustainability of the resultant process designs is analyzed. This is executed by varying the payout period and the production rate, i.e., load.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering