The conventional way to produce styrene is ethyl-benzene dehydrogenation, which generates benzene and toluene as byproducts. In general, the separation of these three components is made through successive reactor product distillation, first removing benzene and, then, separating toluene from benzene. The main problem with the use of conventional distillation columns is excessive energy consumption in comparison with modern separation methods. This work simulates the conventional distillation system and the coupled column system (Petlyuk), in order to compare the benefits obtained on energy economy. The results show that, while the energy consumption to feed the boilers in the conventional distillation system is 2295. kW, for the Petlyuk system the energy consumption was 1554. kW, representing energy economy of 32.3%. Moreover, with application of this method higher purity was obtained for toluene, from 76.19% to 99.67%, and for styrene, from 99.71% to 99.98%.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2015|
- Energy saving
- Petlyuk column