Extractive Distillation Process Combined with Decanter for Separating Ternary Azeotropic Mixture of Toluene-Methanol-Water

  • Zhaoyou Zhu
  • Yong Wang
  • Jiajing Hu
  • Xuezheng Qi
  • Yinglong Wang

Abstract

The mixture of toluene-methanol-water is difficult to separate because of the formation of toluene-methanol and toluene-water azeotropes. Extractive distillation process with two-column decanter (EDTCD) was improved to separate the system. The process was optimized by the software named Extractive Distillation Optimization Software (EDOS) which based on the minimum total annual cost (TAC). A comparison of the EDTCD and the traditional extractive distillation with triple-column (TEDT) indicated that the former was much more economical. In this comparison, n-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and diethylene glycol (DEG) was used as a heavy entrainer in EDTCD and TEDT. The choice of thermodynamic model was discussed in this paper, and the model of UNIQUAC was used in the two processes. The results show that high purity of toluene, methanol and water can be obtained from the process of EDTCD, and it can save 34 % TAC than the process of TEDT.
Published
2017-09-01
How to Cite
Zhu Z., Wang Y., Hu J., Qi X., Wang Y., 2017, Extractive Distillation Process Combined with Decanter for Separating Ternary Azeotropic Mixture of Toluene-Methanol-Water , Chemical Engineering Transactions, 61, 763-768.