A Case Study on the Design and Optimization of an Ethylbenzene Production Plant

Peaster, William Grafton (2018) A Case Study on the Design and Optimization of an Ethylbenzene Production Plant. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Adam Smith from Chemical Engineering, The University of Mississippi.

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This thesis will detail two goals of my capstone design project. The first goal is to simulate a given base case of a vapor phase reaction ethylbenzene production facility in PRO/II simulation software and discretely optimize the process in order to increase the profitability of the plant. The second goal is to develop a base case process flow diagram, stream tables, utility tables, and equipment tables for an ethylbenzene facility with liquid phase reactions. The base case simulation and optimization is a group task with my assigned group members in Ch E 451. The first part of this study looks at the plant during startup and the first twelve years of its operation. Both the vapor and liquid phase models of the ethylbenzene facility contain appropriate stream, equipment, and utility tables. The vapor phase model also includes an analysis of the plants profitability and a comparison of the optimized plant to the base case model. The base case for the liquid phase reaction ethylbenzene plant was modeled using Microsoft Excel.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Peaster, William Grafton
Student's Degree Program(s): Chemical Engineering
Thesis Advisor: Adam Smith
Thesis Advisor's Department: Chemical Engineering
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Depositing User: Mr. William Peaster
Date Deposited: 10 May 2018 20:06
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2020 18:39
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/1159

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