Process control modeling and analysis of a binary packed distillation column

Date of Publication


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

Subject Categories

Chemical Engineering


Gokongwei College of Engineering


Chemical Engineering

Thesis Adviser

Servillano Olano, Jr.

Defense Panel Chair

Dr. Pag-asa Gaspillo

Defense Panel Member

Elmer P. Dadios
Carlito M. Salazar


Process Control Modeling and Analysis of a Binary Packed Distillation Column using structured packings are studied through this thesis. The simulation of the steady state behavior used a new approach of employing mass and heat fluxes in determining the liquid and vapor compositions and flowrates within the column. This simulation has been extended in determining the behavior of these compositions towards disturbances due to changes in feed rate and composition. The simulation is also capable of determining the range of values of reflux ratio or wall heat flux to return the disturbed column into its steady state values.To introduce process control into the system, the steady state simulation of the packed binary distillation column has been modified to a dynamic simulation. The results from the steady state simulation when disturbance has been applied were similar to the results generated from the dynamic simulation.Finally, control has been applied by testing the dynamic simulation to different control modes. Proportional-Integral and Proportional-Integral-Derivative control modes have been found sufficient in maintaining the desired product to its set point because it returns the distillate composition to its set point when disturbance in feed rate and composition have been applied while keeping the system in its stable condition.

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Accession Number


Shelf Location

Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

86 numb. leaves


Chemical process control; Distillation; Algorithms; Packed towers; Binary control systems; Separation (Technology); x4 Column; Packed

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