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Hybrid modeling of ethylene to ethylene oxide heterogeneous reactor

Zahedi, Gholamreza and Lohi, Ali and Mahdi, Khaled (2011) Hybrid modeling of ethylene to ethylene oxide heterogeneous reactor. Fuel Processing Technology, 92 (9). pp. 1725-1732. ISSN 0378-3820

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In this research a dynamic grey box model (GBM) of ethylene oxide (EO) fixed bed reactor has been presented. In the first step of the study, kinetic model of the existing reactions was obtained using artificial neural network (ANN) approach. In order to build the ANN model industrial data of a typical EO reactor were employed. Time, C2H4, C2H4O, CO2, H2O and O2 mole fractions were network inputs and the multiplication of reaction rate and catalyst deactivation (r * a)was ANN output. From 164 data, 109 data were employed to train ANN. After employing different training algorithms, it was found that, the radial basis function network (RBFN) training algorithm provides the best estimations of the data. This best obtained network was tested against fifty five unseen data. The network estimations were close to unseen data which confirmed generalization capability of the obtained network. In the next step of study, (r * a) was estimated with ANN and then the hybrid model of the reactor was solved. Simulation results were compared with EO mechanistic model and also with plant industrial data. It was found that GBM is 8.437 times more accurate than the mechanistic model. Research highlights ? ANN can model rate of ethylen epoxidation. ? Grey box model is more accurate than mechanistic model. ? Grey box model provides good extrapolation.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:ethylene oxide, heterogeneous reactor
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions:Chemical Engineering
ID Code:44967
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:21 Apr 2015 03:31
Last Modified:13 Oct 2020 01:39

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