Process Design and Optimization: Analysis of an Ethylbenzene Production Plant

VanVeckhoven, Jonathan Butler (2018) Process Design and Optimization: Analysis of an Ethylbenzene Production Plant. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Adam Smith from Chemical Engineering, The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

This thesis will cover the steps I took to evaluate an ethylbenzene production plant. I, along with my senior design team, was first tasked with optimizing a vapor-phase ethylbenzene production plant based off of a given base case. Our team was able to improve the net present value of the plant from -$4.8 million to $70.4 million through discrete optimization. After the vapor-phase plant was evaluated, I was tasked with creating a base case, liquid-phase ethylbenzene production plant. I explain the theory behind process flow diagram development, then explain how I produced the process flow diagram and stream table for the base case.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: VanVeckhoven, Jonathan Butler
Student's Degree Program(s): B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Thesis Advisor: Adam Smith
Thesis Advisor's Department: Chemical Engineering
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Depositing User: Butler VanVeckhoven
Date Deposited: 11 May 2018 19:24
Last Modified: 11 May 2018 19:24
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/1174

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