Rigorous Simulation and Optimization of a Plant-wide Glycerol Carbonate (GC) Production Process

Bor Yih Yu, Wei Jen Chen

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The spurring increase in bio-diesel production produces a large amount of glycerol as side product, which causes its over-supply. Hence, converting glycerol (GLY) into other value added chemicals would be a promising solution. In this work, the design and optimization of a plant-wide glycerol carbonate (GC) production processes of GLY and dimethyl carbonate (DMC) is firstly proposed, which is consisted of a reactive distillation section and an extractive distillation-based separation section. The research scope includes regressing the thermodynamic parameters suitable for representing both vapour-liquid and liquid-liquid equilibrium, correcting the kinetic parameters, developing process flowsheets, and optimization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 01 2020

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1570-7946

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  • glycerol
  • glycerol carbonate
  • optimization
  • process design
  • reactive distillation


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