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Globally Optimal Simultaneous Heat Exchanger Network Synthesis and Basic Heat Exchanger Design
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  • Diego Oliva,
  • Andre Moreira Nahes,
  • Julia Lemos,
  • André Costa,
  • Miguel Bagajewicz
Diego Oliva
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Andre Moreira Nahes
Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro
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Julia Lemos
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
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André Costa
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
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Miguel Bagajewicz
University of Oklahoma

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In this article, we extend a previously developed globally optimal enumeration methodology for the synthesis of Heat Exchanger Networks to the simultaneous synthesis of the network and the basic design of Heat Exchangers. Our procedure guarantees global optimality, unlike previous approaches, such as Pinch Technology, metaheuristics, or mathematical programming that do not guarantee it and sometimes do not even guarantee local optimality. The procedure is not iterative, and does not present any convergence issues. To enumerate HEN structures, we use linear methods and for the HEX design we use Set Trimming followed by sorting. In addition, because some network structures are incompatible with single shell exchangers, we use multiple shell exchangers in series. The comparison of the results of the proposed approach with two solution alternatives from the literature in two different problems indicates that considerable cost reductions may be obtained.
22 Oct 2023Submitted to AIChE Journal
09 Nov 2023Assigned to Editor
09 Nov 2023Submission Checks Completed
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