Optimization approach for continuous catalytic regenerative reformer processes

Mirko Z. Stijepovic, Patrick Linke, Mirjana Kijevcanin

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The new approach for simulation and optimization of a continuous catalytic regenerative (CCR) reformer process is proposed. Typical CCR reforming processes consist of three to four reactors with recycle. The reaction patterns and reactors are typicallymodeled using a system of partial differential equations (PDEs). The numerical simulation solution of the entire model for a process system consisting of multiple reaction zoneswith recycle is extremely time-consuming and, thus, impractical in optimization studies.That iswhy we proposed amore efficient simulation and optimization scheme based on quasi-steady-state assumptions. We define criteria for reactor fragmentation to avoid the introduction of large errors in the quasi-steady-state calculations. The optimization problem is formulated with the objective of minimizing fuel consumption. The employed objective function constitutes a combined measure for economic and environmental performance. It is shown that the proposed approach identifies considerable improvements for the process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1908-1916
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy and Fuels
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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