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Sustainable optimization of specialty chemicals plant production

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.02.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Chemical engineering   

Code Science Field
T350  Technological sciences  Chemical technology and engineering 
T270  Technological sciences  Environmental technology, pollution control 
Keywords
Process system engineering, sustainable development, indicators of sustainable development, environment protection, modelling,design, integration, cogeneration, optimization, mathematical programming, MINLP.
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (9)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  26217  PhD Miloš Bogataj  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2005 - 2007  138 
2.  01347  PhD Peter Glavič  Chemical engineering  Head  2004 - 2007  1,122 
3.  06008  PhD Andreja Goršek  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2004 - 2007  541 
4.  10878  PhD Anita Kovač-Kralj  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2005 - 2007  336 
5.  23475  PhD Damjan Krajnc  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2006 - 2007  166 
6.  04009  PhD Severina Oreški  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2004 - 2007  83 
7.  03032  MSc Franc Purkeljc  Chemical engineering  Technical associate  2004 - 2007  26 
8.  18234  Samo Simonič    Technical associate  2004 - 2007 
9.  28169  Bojana Žiberna  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2006 - 2007  31 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0794  University of Maribor, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  Maribor  5089638012  13,183 
Abstract
Limited resources of non-renewable fuels together with environmental protection demands are forcing chemical engineers to reduce fuel and electricity usage, recycle progressively more energy and materials, optimize operation of plants according to market, prices and technology development continuously. Energy use per unit of products has declined significantly over the past decade and this is the situation in most EU countries. The main goal of the research program is process plant optimization linked to sustainable use of natural resources and environment, socio-economic development and health protection. Modern simulation tools are planned to be used. When using the best thermodynamic methods and data as well as applying fast, reliable and rigorous solution methods, these tools enable companies in the process industries to improve their profits and enchence engineering productivity. The systematic engineering methods of Pinch Analysis will be adapted to identify energy and water targets. Research will be concentrated on process optimization using mathematical programming. The possibilities for integrating a cogeneration system with chemical process will be studied. This project focuses on introducing sustainable production to small and medium size enterprises (SME) and proposes indicators of sustainable production, which could be used as strategic metrics for assessing sustainability level of the company. Small existing specialty chemical production plant will serve as a case study. Retrofit design options, appropriate to existing installations, will be paid special attention. The simultaneous improvement of sustainability and process economics is to provide an example of best practice that can motivate other members of the chemical and process industries (pulp & paper, ceramics, food and drink & dairy, textile etc.).
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