Towards the synthesis of modular process intensification systems with safety and operability considerations - application to heat exchanger network
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2018 Elsevier B.V. In this work, we present a systematic framework for the synthesis of safely operable process intensification systems. Herein, intensified designs are automatically generated by using phenomena-based Generalized Modular Representation Framework, while their safety and operability performances are guaranteed by incorporating: (i) flexibility analysis and multiperiod design, (ii) inherent safety analysis utilizing quantitative risk assessment, and (iii) multi-parametric model predictive control strategies developed via the PAROC framework. As an example from a broader set of intensified systems, the proposed framework is applied to heat exchanger network synthesis for thermal intensification, demonstrating its capability on enhancing safety and operability at early design stage.