화학공학소재연구정보센터
Chemical Engineering & Technology, Vol.43, No.7, 1433-1441, 2020
Methyl Ethyl Ketone Production through an Intensified Process
Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is widely used in the industry and is mainly produced from petroleum. Some works have projected MEK as a possible fuel since its performance in spark engines has overcome the performance of gasoline in certain indexes. Two intensified alternatives to produce MEK are introduced here, consisting of a reactive distillation column, an extractive distillation column, and three conventional distillation columns. The direct alternative resulted as the most promising when it was evaluated based on energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and an environmental index. The obtained energy consumption for MEK production was 11.62 MJ kg(MEK)(-1) for the entire process. Moreover, those intensified alternatives showed better performance indexes in comparison with a conventional process.