Chemical Engineering & Technology, Vol.19, No.5, 391-397, 1996
Simulation and design of membrane plants with AspenPlus
In this paper the simulation of hybrid processes containing membrane units will be discussed. For this purpose a user-defined module for simulation and design of membrane processes was implemented into the simulation program AspenPlus. The advantages can be summarized as follows: any combination of membrane processes with all other units already implemented in AspenPlus is possible, including internal recycle streams, utilization of the physical property models and data bases of AspenPlus is possible, cost and sensitivity analysis can be performed. These benefits are demonstrated in detail for a membrane vapor recovery unit for the treatment of tank farm off-gas, for a two-stage reverse osmosis plant for organic/-organic separations and for a combination of distillation and pervaporation for the separation of a dimethylcarbonate/methanol mixture.