Chapter 16

Process Integration and Heat Exchanger Networks

Abstract

Recent energy-related problems and increased global competition have caused manufacturers in the process industries, petroleum refining, and petrochemical industries in particular, to improve the performance of their processes. The past two decades have resulted in significant industrial and academic efforts devoted to the development of holistic process design methodologies that target energy conservation and waste reduction from a systems perspective. This chapter discusses methods for improving the energy efficiency of a chemical process, including indentifying heat recovery problems, setting energy targets, and an explanation of the heat recovery pinch and its significance. ...

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