An algebraic approach to identifying bottlenecks in linear process models of multifunctional energy systems

Raymond R. Tan, Hon Loong Lam, Harresh Kasivisvanathan, D. K. S. Ng, Dominic Chwan Yee Foo, M. Kamal, N. Hallaler, J. J. Klemeš

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Abstract

This paper presents an algebraic approach for identifying bottlenecks in continuous process systems where each process unit is characterized by fixed mass and energy balance relationships. In industrial applications, such a system is designed to produce a particular product portfolio. This is determined from the anticipated products market and is taken as a baseline state. A process plant is designed with the individual process units at the required size to meet the baseline portfolio, and typically additional margin for safety reason is considered. A simple approach to identify the bottlenecks is proposed and the product portfolio is changed by a given fraction relative to the baseline state. A bottleneck occurs when the available excess capacity of a process unit is insufficient to meet the incremental requirement. Two illustrative case studies demonstrate the proposed methodology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)642-650
Number of pages9
JournalTheoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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