Project Synopsis

Design major portions of a new continuous organic acid production facility.

Project Summary

ORGANIC ACID FACILITY DETAIL PROCESS DESIGN

The client owns and operates a major chemical manufacturing facility that produces many organic specialty and non-specialty chemical products.  Process Engineering Associates, LLC (PROCESS) was contracted by the client to complete significant portions of the detail process design for a new continuous organic acid production facility.  More specifically, PROCESS was asked to prepare essentially all of the tray/packed distillation and scrubbing tower equipment specifications along with several tanks and shell and tube heat exchangers specifications.  In addition, PROCESS reviewed significant portions of the facility preliminary process design and made recommendations for process modifications and improvements, especially in the fractionation areas of the plant.

PROCESS completed the following tasks in support of the tray/packed tower specification scope of work:

  • Sizing of the physical equipment
  • Preparation of detailed equipment data sheets suitable for purchase of the equipment
  • Design and detailing of the trays/packing for the towers, including estimating HETP for packed towers
  • Design and detailing of the feed locations and devices

PROCESS completed the following tasks in support of the tank specification scope of work:

  • Sizing of the physical equipment
  • Preparation of detailed equipment data sheets suitable for purchase of the tanks

PROCESS completed the following tasks in support of the heat exchanger specification scope of work:

  • Execution of computer process simulations of the exchangers (including condensers) using licensed commercial heat exchanger design and evaluation software to size the exchangers and to develop design details
  • Preparation of detailed equipment data sheets suitable for purchase of the exchangers
  • Design and detailing of the vapor inlet distributors

A total of 42 equipment specifications were completed by PROCESS during this project.  The detail process design project was required as part of the overall project design, procurement, and construction effort, and strict schedule deadlines for all equipment specifications were dictated by the client.  PROCESS completed the specifications on time and under budget

Industry Type

  • Specialty and Commodity Chemical Manufacturing

Utilized Skills

  • Distillation tower design
  • Scrubbing tower design
  • Heat exchanger design
  • Tank design

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