1 Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark2 Computer Aided Process Engineering Center, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
An important stage in the design process for many chemical products is its manufacture where, for a class of chemical products that may be thermally unstable (such as, drugs, insecticides, flavours /fragrances, and so on), the purification step plays a major role. Short-path evaporation is a safe method, suitable for separation and purification of thermally unstable materials whose design and analysis can be efficiently performed through reliable model-based techniques. This paper presents a generalized model for short-path evaporation and highlights its development, implementation and solution through a computer-aided modelling framework, which allows the use of systematic simulation strategies for various types of design/analysis problems. The main features of the model and the modelling framework are highlighted through two case studies: (a) the purification of a reaction mixture containing glycerol, mono-, di- and triglycerides, and (b) the recovery of a pharmaceutical product from a six-component mixture. Validation of the short-path evaporation model is highlighted through the comparison of experimental data from an industrial pilot plant with the simulated results from the model. Also, results from model-based sensitivity analysis and design problem solution are highlighted for two case studies.
Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 2006, Vol 84, Issue A7, p. 583-594