Simulation and Comparison of Operational Modes in Simulated Moving Bed Chromatography and Gas-Phase Adsorptive Separation
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This dissertation describes the simulation and optimization of adsorptive and chromatographic separation processes. The first part focus on the simulation and comparison of operational modes in simulated moving bed (SMB) chromatography for separation and purification in bioprocesses. The second part includes the simulation of gas-phase adsorptive processes by pressure swing adsorption and temperature swing adsorption technologies. The applications of SMB chromatography are popular in separating and purifying enantiomers, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and biochemicals with higher yield and lower solvent consumption. We simulate and compare several operational modes of simulated moving bed (SMB) for a binary and a ternary bioprocess using Aspen Chromatography. These operational modes are able to improve the separation efficiency of the basic SMB process by our simulation and optimization. We compare their separation performances and identify heuristics that will guide the selection of operational modes across a variety of systems. Pressure swing adsorption (PSA) and temperature swing adsorption (TSA) are two of the main technologies for gas-phase adsorption separation processes. We simulate and demonstrate a PSA model for air separation system and a TSA model for CO2 capture system in Aspen Adsorption. We present their separation performance plots to provide the physical insights of these two systems.
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