Morrison, A.S., Walmsley, M.R.W., Neale, J.R., Burrell, C.P. & Kamp, P.J.J. (2007). Non-continuous and variable rate processes: Optimisation for energy use. Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2(5), 380-387.
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The need to develop new and improved ways of reducing energy use and increasing energy intensity in industrial processes is currently a major issue in New Zealand. Little attention has been given to optimisation of non-continuous processes in the past, due to their complexity, yet they remain an essential and often energy intensive component of many industrial sites. Novel models based on pinch analysis that aid in minimising utility usage have been constructed here through the adaptation of proven continuous techniques. The knowledge has been integrated into a user friendly software package, and allows the optimisation of processes under variable operating rates and batch conditions. An example problem demonstrates the improvements in energy use that can be gained when using these techniques to analyse non-continuous data. A comparison with results achieved using a pseudo-continuous method show that the method described can provide simultaneous reductions in capital and operating costs.
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This document is the author's accepted version of an article published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering. (c) 2007 Curtin University of Technology and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.