This textbook collects the lecture notes of the Course of “Separation Unit Operations and Process Simulation”, with the aim to provide an effective tool to learn and develop a technical expertise about this topic at industrial level. The book discusses the fundamentals about process simulation and process simulators, the calculation of thermodynamic properties, and the best methods available in commercial process simulators. Then, thermal separation processes (i.e. flash, quench and multi-stage distillation) as well as non-thermal separation processes (absorption, stripping, and solvent extraction) are addressed. The procedures for design and rating calculations of separation columns (both diameter and height), with reference also to construction details are eventually presented.
Alberto Bertucco, retired on October 1st, 2023, has spent his four-decades career at the University of Padova, where he has been full professor of Chemical Engineering for 24 years. He did his research on cubic equations of state for process simulation first, then about high pressure technology and supercritical fluid application, and eventually on process and plant development for the industrial production of microalgae.
Elena Barbera is assistant professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova. Her scientific activities include the use of process simulators for the design and analysis of sustainable chemical and biochemical processes.
Gian Berto Guarise is professor emeritus of Chemical Plants at the University of Padova. He has carried out research both in the field of high pressures and temperatures, and in the unit operations of chemical engineering, in particular distillation, absorption and extraction.
Collana: Ingegneria industriale e dell´informazione
Autori: Alberto Bertucco, Elena Barbera, Gian Berto Guarise