A novel approach for reactor network synthesis using knowledge discovery and optimization techniques

V. M. Ashley, Patrick Linke

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We present a novel framework for the optimization and synthesis of complex reactor networks based on systems knowledge in an effort to overcome convergence and computational speed limitations associated with current reactor network synthesis technologies. Reaction pathway analysis uses data mining techniques for knowledge acquisition to develop design rules which are subsequently used to focus superstructure optimization using meta-heuristics in the form of tabu search. The paper focuses on the components of the framework and presents successful applications to previously studied reactor network optimization problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)952-960
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes



  • Data mining
  • Reactor network synthesis
  • Superstructure optimization
  • Systems knowledge
  • Tabu search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics

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