A study of the dynamic behaviour of a pulsed column solvent extraction plant

  • Lorna G. Liddell

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


A study has been made of the dynamic behaviour of a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant utilising pulsed solvent
extraction columns. A flowsheet is presented and the choice of an extraction device is discussed. The plant is described by a series of modules each module representing an item of equipment. Each module consists of a series of differential equations describing the dynamic behaviour of the equipment. The model is written in PMSP, a language developed for dynamic simulation models. The differential equations are solved to predict plant behaviour with time. The dynamic response of the plant to a range of disturbances has been assessed. The interactions between pulsed columns have been demonstrated and illustrated. The importance of auxillary items of equipment to plant performance is demonstrated. Control of the reprocessing plant is considered and the effect of control parameters on performance assessed.

Date of Award1989
Original languageEnglish


  • dynamic behaviour
  • pulsed column solvent extraction plant
  • solvent extraction
  • control

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