Pinch analysis revisited: New rules for utility targeting

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An extension of the utility targeting procedure in the pinch method for heat exchanger network synthesis is presented. The procedure is adequate for targeting the minimum utility use while guaranteeing that utilities will be utilized at conditions with the least departure from the pinch temperature. This approach tends to increase the thermodynamic efficiency of the network and to reduce the cost of utilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1653-1656
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Issue number8-9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2007



  • Heat exchangers
  • Network
  • Pinch method
  • Synthesis
  • Utility targeting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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