Optimum design of ethyl acrylate process with coupled reactor/columns configuration

I. Lung Chien*, Chien Lin Kuo

*Corresponding author for this work

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The optimum design for the production of ethyl acrylate with coupled reactor/columns configuration is presented. The proposed design of this process includes a CSTR reactor coupled with a rectifier (without heat source). The heat input in the CSTR totally vaporizes the reactor outlet stream to vapor phase and enter the rectifier from the bottoms. The bottom liquid stream from the rectifier containing mostly heavy boiler acrylic acid is recycled back to the CSTR. The water purity of the aqueous phase is quite high, thus is suitable for discharge. The organic phase composition by natural liquid-liquid separation has the benefit of crossing the distillation boundary into a desirable region to obtain pure ethyl acetate product. The result of this optimum process design will be used in a control study to hold the stringent product specifications despite feed flow rate and feed composition disturbances. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase (Cincinnati, OH 10/30/2005-11/4/2005).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication05AIChE
Subtitle of host publication2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase, Conference Proceedings
PublisherAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers
ISBN (Print)0816909962, 9780816909964
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: 30 10 200504 11 2005

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings


Conference05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH


  • Coupled Reactor/Columns
  • Esterification Reaction
  • Ethyl Acrylate
  • Optimum Design
  • Reactive Distillation


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