Process Intensification of Dimethyl Ether using Aspen HYSYS

Authors

  • Mihir Jain Student, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Mumbai, India
  • Divyam Shah Student, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Mumbai, India
  • Manan Nagda Student, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Mumbai, India
  • Yuvrajsingh Rajpurohit Student, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Mumbai, India
  • Rashmi Kumar Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Mumbai, India

Keywords:

Process Intensification, Dimethyl Ether, Natural Gas, Aspen HYSYS

Abstract

Dimethyl Ether (DME) is a precursor to many organic compounds and is currently used as an aerosol propellant. Its market growth rate has been about 19.65% annually up to 2020 and the presence of production facilities of DME in India have been non-existent till 2016 and the situation has remained quite same even today.  With the process intensification changes proposed, DME production can be easily sustained. First, the proposed process makes use of natural gas, which is abundant in India (reserves equivalent to 22.1 times its annual consumption) to produce synthesis gas through unit processes and operations, in turn leading to cost effectiveness. Next, the proposed process makes use of process lines as utilities (thereby reducing energy consumption to almost nil). Also, the process has successfully conducted dehydration of methanol at relatively lower temperatures using Aspen HYSYS. All these suggested alterations prove to be a game changer for DME production in India, which is expected to have a humongous demand domestically as a clean fuel in the future.

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Published

08-11-2021

How to Cite

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M. Jain, D. Shah, M. Nagda, Y. Rajpurohit, and R. Kumar, “Process Intensification of Dimethyl Ether using Aspen HYSYS”, IJRAMT, vol. 2, no. 11, pp. 11–15, Nov. 2021.

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