Distillation process optimization for styrene production from a styrene-benzene-toluene system in a Petlyuk column

Jonathan J. Parra-Santiago, Carlos Alberto Guerrero-Fajardo, José Ricardo Sodré*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

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%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-111
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification
Volume98
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • Distillation
  • Energy saving
  • Petlyuk column
  • Styrene

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