Simulation-Based Optimization of a Multiple Gas Feed Sweetening Process

Weixuan Zhu, Haotian Ye, Yang Yang, Xiong Zou, Hongguang Dong
2022 ACS Omega  
For an energy-intensive sweetening process, it is common that sour gases from different sources are sent to a single sweetening plant in industries. In our previous work, a multiple gas feed sweetening process was proposed, which can simultaneously improve the purity of H2S and reduce the energy consumption of the plant. This study aims to develop the superstructure of that process and use a simulation-based optimization framework with Aspen HYSYS as the process simulator and particle swarm
more » ... mization algorithm as the optimizer. In addition, by taking full advantage of the robustness of the built-in algorithm of the simulator, the convergence of the model is improved; meanwhile, simplification of the process and reduction of the optimization time are accessible with the proposed design specifications and assumptions. For a convergence-difficult column, a stepwise convergence adjustment was used to ensure their convergence. Based on this, the robustness and effectiveness of the method is proven through a case study, and it can also provide guidance for model selection, process simplification, and optimization of the same type of absorption process.
doi:10.1021/acsomega.1c05193 pmid:35097267 pmcid:PMC8793078 fatcat:ilnofr5xsvdblifpl55n4u4ypu