Analysis of Multi-Loop Control Structures of Dividing-Wall Distillation Columns Using a Fundamental Model

Salvador Tututi-Avila, Arturo Jiménez-Gutiérrez, Juergen Hahn
2014 Processes  
Dividing-wall columns (DWCs) have significant potential as energy-efficient processes for the separation of multicomponent mixtures. However, in addition to an efficient steady state design, dynamics and control also play a major part for the success of a technology. This is especially so for complex distillation systems. This paper investigates the dynamics of a dividing wall column used for the separation of ternary mixtures. A detailed dynamic first principles-based model of the column I s
more » ... of the column I s developed in gPROMS. The model is used to generate data used for control loop pairing via the Relative Gain Array (RGA), and controller parameters are found by using Internal Model Control (IMC) tuning. The best control structures for DWC systems, involving four different ternary mixtures, and two different feed compositions for each mixture, are investigated. Nomenclature ℎ total area of all active holes tray active area B bottoms flow rate D distillate flow rate OPEN ACCESS
doi:10.3390/pr2010180 fatcat:pb23cbeaujfi3cpa6dgxk37rx4