Practical energy retrofit of heat exchanger network not containing utility path
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The paper presents a method developed for the energy retrofit of specific Heat Exchanger Networks not containing Utility Paths. This useful and highly practically oriented method involves a systematic approach to obtaining the most efficient minimal modification topology of a Heat Exchanger Network, which brings the greatest benefits in terms of energy savings of the modified process. In principle, it is focused on finding the most suitable location for a new heat exchanger insertion to create the most efficient Utility Path. The next step of the developed retrofit method is the detailed design of the newly integrated heat exchanger using commercial software in combination with several heuristic rules regarding the cost-free investment and maintenance cost minimization of a new heat exchanger and considering heat transfer enhancement within the available exchanger type, space, and fluids pressure drop constraints. The detail design stage of the method also includes observation and reassessment of the performance and operational parameters of the existing heat exchangers. Then, the developed method is applied to the case of the Heat Exchanger Network retrofit in the process of the hydrogenation of oil.
Keywordsheat exchanger network retrofit, practical hybrid method, utility path, retrofit superstructure grid diagram, linear programming, heat exchanger design, commercial software, heat transfer enhancement, utility savings
Document typePeer reviewed
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SourceENERGIES. 2020, vol. 13, issue 11, p. 2711-1-2711-16.