Journal of Supercritical Fluids, Vol.140, 101-115, 2018
Process simulation of organic liquid products fractionation in countercurrent multistage columns using CO2 as solvent with Aspen-Hysys
Fractionation of liquid phase products (OLP), obtained by thermal catalytic cracking of palm oil, simulated in multistage countercurrent absorber/stripping columns using SC-CO2 as solvent with Aspen-Hysys, at 333 K, 140 and 180 bar, and (S/F) = 12, 15, 17, 25, 30, 38. RK-Aspen EOS applied to correlate equilibrium data of binary systems (OLP)-i/CO2. Composition of OLP used to predict thermophysical properties and acentric factor of OLP compounds by group-contribution methods. The effect of pressure and (S/F) on process performance evaluated by computing the yield and recoveries of hydrocarbons, olefins, oxygenates, carboxylic acids. The regressions show that RK-Aspen EOS describe well phase equilibrium data, showing AAD between 0.8% and 1.25% and 0.01%- 0.66% for the liquid and gaseous phases. The best deacidifying conditions obtained at 333 K, 140 bar, and (S/F) = 17. Simulations show that SC-CO2 was able to deacidify OLP and to obtain fractions with lower olefins content.