Optimization of large complex chemical processes is a necessary step in economic design of these systems. Flowsheet simulation models afford an ideal mechanism for detailed optimization of these processes. The methanol process offers several interesting optimization variables (reformer temperature, pressure, and steam and carbon dioxide to hydrocarbon ratios; synthesis loop pressure, temperature, purge rate, and conversion) which require detailed models of the reaction kinetics. This paper presents the results of optimization of the intermediate pressure process using the PROPS model and the adaptive random search routine. The costs associated with performing such a detailed process optimization study are easily justified by even nominal improvements in the process economics. © 1977, American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.
S. H. Ballman and J. L. Gaddy, "Optimization Of Methanol Process By Flowsheet Simulation," Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Process Design and Development, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 337 - 341, American Chemical Society, Jan 1977.
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01 Jan 1977