In this work the design and control of a reactive distillation column, described by a rigorous dynamic model, is tackled via two different optimization approaches. In the first, the steady-state process design and the control system are optimized sequentially. It is shown that operability is a strong function of the process design and potential operability bottlenecks are identified. In the second approach, the process design and the control system are optimized simultaneously leading to a more economically beneficial and better controlled system than that obtained using the sequential approach. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Computers and Chemical Engineering, 2002, Vol 26, Issue 4, p. 735-746
Reactive distillation; Process design; Process control; Dynamic optimization