Chemical Engineering & Technology, Vol.34, No.3, 459-464, 2011
Artificial Neural Network for Modeling the Extraction of Aromatic Hydrocarbons from Lube Oil Cuts
An artificial neural network (ANN) approach was used to obtain a simulation model to predict the rotating disc contactor (RDC) performance during the extraction of aromatic hydrocarbons from lube oil cuts, to produce a lubricating base oil using furfural as solvent. The field data used for training the ANN model was obtained from a lubricating oil production company. The input parameters of the ANN model were the volumetric flow rates of feed and solvent, the temperatures of feed and solvent, and the disc rotation rate. The output parameters were the volumetric flow rate of the raffinate phase and the extraction yield. In this study, a feed-forward multi-layer perceptron neural network was successfully used to demonstrate the complex relationship between the mentioned input and output parameters.
Keywords:Artificial neural network;Liquid-liquid extraction;Lubricating base oil;Rotating disc contactor