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Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering

Print version ISSN 0104-6632On-line version ISSN 1678-4383

Abstract

SANTOS, L.C.  and  ZEMP, R.J.. Energy and capital targets for constrained heat exchanger networks. Braz. J. Chem. Eng. [online]. 2000, vol.17, n.4-7, pp.659-670. ISSN 0104-6632.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-66322000000400030.

A new procedure for estimating area and capital cost targets of constrained heat exchanger networks is presented. The method allows for match constrained networks and exchangers with more than one tube pass. The procedure is based on modelling the problem as a non-linear formulation where the forbidden exchanger matches are included as constraints and the temperature difference correction due to multipass exchangers is included in the model. The difficulty of converging to a solution due to the additional non-linear constraints imposed by the multipass exchangers required the use of a two-level approach: at the inner level, the area targets for simple pass exchangers are obtained, and at the outer level the temperature difference required for multipass exchangers are computed and fed back to the inner level. The procedure is repeated until an appropriate tolerance between two iterations was achieved. A comparison between the estimated exchanger areas and costs estimated by the new procedure and the area and costs obtained from the final heat exchanger design shows a very good agreement.

Keywords : energy targets; cost targets; pinch analysis; heat exchanger networks.

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