Plantwide Control of a Complex Process Involving a Reactive Distillation Column

Baki R. O., Kaymak D. B.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING COMMUNICATIONS, vol.201, no.4, pp.466-481, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 201 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00986445.2013.775647
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.466-481
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, several plantwide control structures for a multiunit process including a reactive distillation column are proposed. The process studied contains two reaction and three separation steps, two recycle streams, and six components. The second reaction of the process takes place in a reactive distillation column, while the first reaction occurs in a continuous stirred tank reactor. Flow control of a stream in each recycle loop is required for base-level regulatory control of the process in a reasonable settling time. The quality of the first product is improved using a dual-temperature control in the second distillation column. The product quality in the reactive column is improved using a three-temperature control structure.