A general mixed-integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) model is developed in this study to synthesize water networks in batch processes. The proposed model formulation is believed to be superior to the available ones. In the past, the tasks of optimizing batch schedules, water-reuse subsystems, and wastewater treatment subsystems were performed individually. In this study, all three optimization problems are incorporated in the same mathematical programming model. By properly addressing the issue of interaction between subsystems, better overall designs can be generated. The resulting design specifications include the following: the production schedule, the number and sizes of buffer tanks, the physical configuration of the pipeline network, and the operating policies of water flows. The network structure can also be strategically manipulated by imposing suitable logic constraints. A series of illustrative examples are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering