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Title: Multiobjective optimization of an industrial wiped-film PET reactor

Abstract

Multiobjective optimization of a third-stage, wiped-film polyester reactor was carried out using a model that describes an industrial poly(ethylene terephthalate) reactor quite well. The two objective functions minimized are the acid and vinyl end group concentrations in the product. These are two of the undesirable side products produced in the reactor. The optimization-problem incorporates an endpoint constraint to produce a polymer with a desired value of the degree of polymerization. In addition, the concentration of the di-ethylene glycol end group in the product is constrained to lie within a certain range of values. Adaptations of the nondominated sorting genetic algorithm have been developed to obtain optimal values of the five decision variables: reactor pressure, temperature, catalyst concentration, residence time of the polymer inside the reactor, and the speed of the agitator. The optimal solution was a unique point (no Pareto set obtained). Problems of multiplicity and premature convergence were encountered. A smoothening procedure is suggested to generate near-optimal operating conditions. The optimal solution corresponds simultaneously to minimum values of the residence time of the polymeric reaction mass in the reactor.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Univ. of Singapore (SG)
OSTI Identifier:
20080313
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
AIChE Journal (American Institute of Chemical Engineers)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 46; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: PBD: May 2000; Journal ID: ISSN 0001-1541
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; CHEMICAL PLANTS; POLYMERIZATION; CHEMICAL REACTORS; OPTIMIZATION; TEREPHTHALIC ACID; GLYCOLS

Citation Formats

Bhaskar, V., Gupta, S.K., and Ray, A.K. Multiobjective optimization of an industrial wiped-film PET reactor. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.1002/aic.690460516.
Bhaskar, V., Gupta, S.K., & Ray, A.K. Multiobjective optimization of an industrial wiped-film PET reactor. United States. doi:10.1002/aic.690460516.
Bhaskar, V., Gupta, S.K., and Ray, A.K. Mon . "Multiobjective optimization of an industrial wiped-film PET reactor". United States. doi:10.1002/aic.690460516.
@article{osti_20080313,
title = {Multiobjective optimization of an industrial wiped-film PET reactor},
author = {Bhaskar, V. and Gupta, S.K. and Ray, A.K.},
abstractNote = {Multiobjective optimization of a third-stage, wiped-film polyester reactor was carried out using a model that describes an industrial poly(ethylene terephthalate) reactor quite well. The two objective functions minimized are the acid and vinyl end group concentrations in the product. These are two of the undesirable side products produced in the reactor. The optimization-problem incorporates an endpoint constraint to produce a polymer with a desired value of the degree of polymerization. In addition, the concentration of the di-ethylene glycol end group in the product is constrained to lie within a certain range of values. Adaptations of the nondominated sorting genetic algorithm have been developed to obtain optimal values of the five decision variables: reactor pressure, temperature, catalyst concentration, residence time of the polymer inside the reactor, and the speed of the agitator. The optimal solution was a unique point (no Pareto set obtained). Problems of multiplicity and premature convergence were encountered. A smoothening procedure is suggested to generate near-optimal operating conditions. The optimal solution corresponds simultaneously to minimum values of the residence time of the polymeric reaction mass in the reactor.},
doi = {10.1002/aic.690460516},
journal = {AIChE Journal (American Institute of Chemical Engineers)},
issn = {0001-1541},
number = 5,
volume = 46,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {5}
}