Distillation Control: An Engineering Perspective

Distillation Control: An Engineering Perspective

by Cecil L. Smith
     
 

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Learn to Design the Best Control Configuration for Any Distillation Column

Today, distillation is by far the most common separation technique used in the chemical and petroleum industries. All distillation columns need to be carefully controlled in order to meet specified production and quality levels. Distillation Control enables readers to do

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Learn to Design the Best Control Configuration for Any Distillation Column

Today, distillation is by far the most common separation technique used in the chemical and petroleum industries. All distillation columns need to be carefully controlled in order to meet specified production and quality levels. Distillation Control enables readers to do this by approaching the subject from a process to develop, analyze, and troubleshoot all aspects of column controls. Readers are efficiency and effectiveness and minimizing coats.

Distillation Control begins with a chapter dedicated to underlying principles, including separation processes, reflux and boilup ratios, and composition dynamics. Next, the author covers such critical topics as:

  • Composition control
  • Pressure control and condensers
  • Reboilers and feed preheaters
  • Application of feedforward
  • Unit optimization
  • Complex towers

As readers progress through the text, they’ll discover that the best control configuration for a distillation column is largely determined using steady-state process characteristics. The stage-by-stage separation models that the author sets forth for column design, therefore, provide information that is essential in developing the optimal control configuration.

In addition to its clear explanations, Distillation Control is filled with clear diagrams and illustrations that clarify complex concepts and guide readers through multi-step procedures.

Engineers as well as other professionals working in process facilities that use distillation to separate materials will fin that this book enables them to implement the latest tested and proven distillation control methods to meet their particular processing needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118259696
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/13/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Cecil L. Smith, PhD, is President of Cecil L. Smith, Inc. a firm specializing in automation technology, founded after he left the facility of Louisiana State University. Dr. Smith has more than thirty-five years of experience in process control, with expertise spanning almost all control technology currently in use in industrial production facilities. Dr. Smith has been listed among InTech magazine’s fifty most influential industry innovators.

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