Modeling and Simulation of a Divided Wall Column for 1,3 Butadiene Purification

Document Type: Research note


Chemical Engineering Department, Sistan and Balouchestan University, Zahedan, Iran


The distillation process remains as the most common method ofseparation in chemical process industries. The energy used from this process accounts for an estimated 3% of the world energy consumption. The Dividing-Wall Column (DWC) for separation of multi-component mixtures has recently become a major concern ofindustries. The design ofDWC is based on Thermally Coupled Distillation System (TCDS) eliminating some of the operational equipment. This paper presents the results of simulation of a DWC by using 3-simple sequence column model based on shortcut method by a commercial chemical Engineering software for purification of1,3 butadiene unit. From the results, it is shown, by using a DWC instead of two conventional sequential column, the heat duties ofboth the condenser and the reboiler are reduced about 28.5% and also desirable purity ofthe key-components for the case ofstudy have been achieved.


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