390774 Optimization of Formaldehyde Production from Methanol By Utilizing Silver Catalyst Process

Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 5:20 PM
Crystal Ballroom B/E (Hilton Atlanta)
Nori Uma Madhuri1, Nimisha K.R.1 and Utkarsh Maheshwari2, (1)Chemical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) - Pilani, Jhunjhunu, India, (2)Chemical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India

Formaldehyde, the target product of the present work, is an organic compound representing the most elementary configuration of the aldehydes. It behaves as a synthesis baseline for many other chemical compounds, including phenol formaldehyde, urea formaldehyde and melamine resin. The aim of the present work is to reach a 98% conversion of methanol by means of taking out the distillation column and replacing it with a higher duty cooler to bring the product to 37 wt. % of formaldehyde. Simulation was carried out for the formaldehyde production process from the methanol using a silver catalyst. Detailed calculations were performed in this report for all equipment and streams in the plant, taking into account the required process conditions to achieve a production capacity of 60000 tons/year of formalin. Plant’s units and operations were simulated by using the chemical simulation software Aspen plus to gain an optimized position of the operation conditions. With a conversion of 98%, the alternative design produces 5481 kilo/hr. Simulation results predict that a much higher net volume for the reactor in order to reach the specified conversion (98%).

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