Separation-network synthesis: Global optimum through rigorous super-structure

Z. Kovács, Z. Ercsey, F. Friedler, L. T. Fan

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The available algorithmic methods often fail to yield with certainty the global optima in solving even a relatively simple class of separation-network synthesis problem for which the cost functions are considered to be linear. This is attributable to two complications; firstly the super-structures on which the solutions are based are incomplete; and the secondly, the mathematical programming models derived for the problems are unnecessarily cumbersome. To circumvent these complications, a novel method is proposed here to generate the complete super-structure and the corresponding mathematical programming model necessary for the separation-network synthesis problem with linear cost function. The efficacy of the proposed method is demonstrated by re-examining four published problems for which the optima obtained are claimed to be global. For all the problems re-examined, the costs of the solutions resulting from the present method are the same or as much as 30% lower than those of the published solutions. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1881-1900
Number of pages20
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2000


  • Mathematical programming
  • Process synthesis
  • Rigorous super-structure
  • Separation network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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