Modelling of Hybrid Method for VOC Removal from Process Wastewater: Distillation and Hydrophilic Pervaporation

  • Botond Szilágyi
    Affiliation

    Environmental and Process Engineering Research Group, Department of Chemical and Environmental Process Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, H-1521 Budapest, P. O. B. 91, Hungary

  • Do Thi Huyen Trang
    Affiliation

    Environmental and Process Engineering Research Group, Department of Chemical and Environmental Process Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, H-1521 Budapest, P. O. B. 91, Hungary

  • Dániel Fózer
    Affiliation

    Environmental and Process Engineering Research Group, Department of Chemical and Environmental Process Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, H-1521 Budapest, P. O. B. 91, Hungary

  • Asmaa Selim
    Affiliation

    Environmental and Process Engineering Research Group, Department of Chemical and Environmental Process Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, H-1521 Budapest, P. O. B. 91, Hungary; Department of Chemical Engineering and Pilot Plant, National Research Centre, 33 El Buhouth Street, 12622 Cairo, Egypt

  • Enikő Haáz
    Affiliation

    Environmental and Process Engineering Research Group, Department of Chemical and Environmental Process Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, H-1521 Budapest, P. O. B. 91, Hungary

  • András József Tóth ORCID
    Affiliation

    Environmental and Process Engineering Research Group, Department of Chemical and Environmental Process Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, H-1521 Budapest, P. O. B. 91, Hungary; Institute of Chemistry, University of Miskolc, H-3513 Miskolc, Egyetemváros, P. O. B. 21, Hungary

Abstract

The study is motivated by the industrial problem from pharmaceutical industry, which is ethanol and methanol removal from process wastewater. To complete this goal hybrid method is investigated and optimized. Two distillation columns are sufficient for separation of alcohol-water mixture. Suitable water can be purified as bottom product of first column. Ethanol and methanol purification is achieved with combination of second distillation column and pervaporation. The target of this research is to rigorously model and optimize the separation of water-ethanol-methanol ternary mixture in professional flowsheet simulator environment. The minimal sufficient membrane transfers area and number of minimal theoretical stages of the columns are determined. Cost estimation is also investigated according to Douglas methodology. Considering the simulation and economic results it can be determined that, the hybrid configuration is suitable for separation of ternary mixture in 99.5 weight percent purity.

Keywords: ethanol and methanol removal, process wastewater, hydrophilic pervaporation, mathematical modelling, computer simulation
Published online
2020-04-20
How to Cite
Szilágyi, B., Huyen Trang, D. T., Fózer, D., Selim, A., Haáz, E., Tóth, A. J. “Modelling of Hybrid Method for VOC Removal from Process Wastewater: Distillation and Hydrophilic Pervaporation”, Periodica Polytechnica Chemical Engineering, 64(3), pp. 364-370, 2020. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPch.15190
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