Chemical Engineering and Processing, Vol.131, 59-69, 2018
Process control in intensified continuous solids handling
The application of process intensification (PI) techniques in solids handling processes requires careful assessment of challenges and limitations set by the solid phase present in the process streams. Preferably, the PI implementation involves a holistic way of thinking that covers all necessary aspects during the design phase. One of the key requirements for successful PI application is a feasible process control design that enables one to operate the process at its designed operation point. In this study, the early stage control considerations are presented for a selection of PI technologies targeted for continuous solids handling processes. The information collected in this work can be linked to the design flowsheet of each PI and is therefore readily available for a process development team to facilitate integrated process and control design. The methodology presented can be used to diminish the gap between PI and control for any PI technology.