Global optimization of mass and property integration networks with in-plant property interceptors Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents a mathematical programming model for the optimal design of mass and property integration networks that include property interceptors within the structure of the network, as opposed to the end-of-pipe use of such interceptors. The model is based on a recycle and reuse scheme that simultaneously satisfies process and environmental constraints. The properties considered in this work are composition, toxicity, theoretical oxygen demand, pH, density and viscosity. The property mixing rules included in the model give rise to bilinear terms for the property operators, and a global optimization algorithm is used for the solution of the model. The model minimizes the total annual cost of the network, which includes the fresh sources cost and the annualized property treatment system and the piping costs. Three examples are included to show the applicability and advantages of the proposed model. 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Napoles-Rivera, F., Maria Ponce-Ortega, J., El-Halwagi, M. M., & Jimenez-Gutierrez, A.

citation count

  • 75

complete list of authors

  • Nápoles-Rivera, Fabricio||Ponce-Ortega, José María||El-Halwagi, Mahmoud M||Jiménez-Gutiérrez, Arturo

publication date

  • August 2010