The successful candidate will be expected to take up the studentship in September 1st, 2015.
The project is internally funded by the UTM, under Research University Grant Scheme (RUGS) and Ministry of Education.
Malaysian students with Chemical Engineering degree with knowledge of process modelling and simulation are encouraged to apply.
Review of application begins in July 1st, 2015.
Salary: RM1500/month (for MPhil), RM2300/month (for PhD)
Duration: 3 semesters (for MPhil), 6 semesters (for PhD)
A new energy efficient distillation columns methodology that will able to improve the energy efficiency of the existing separation systems without having major modifications has been developed. However, this developed methodology was only considered the energy savings without taking into consideration the sustainability criteria. Therefore, the objective of this study is to develop a new improvement of the existing methodology by including the sustainability analysis to design an optimal sequence of energy efficient distillation columns. Accordingly, the methodology is divided into four hierarchical sequential stages: i) existing sequence sustainability analysis, ii) optimal sequence determination, iii) optimal sequence sustainability analysis, and iv) sustainability comparison. The results show that, the sequence determined by the driving force method is not only capable in reducing energy consumption, but also has better sustainability index reduction for both separation unit.
This study presents the development of the optimal synthesis of energy efficient distillation columns (EEDCs) sequence by using driving force method. In order to perform the study and analysis, the EEDCs sequence methodology is developed. Accordingly, the methodology consists of four hierarchical steps; Step 1: Existing Sequence Energy Analysis, Step 2: Optimal Sequence Determination, Step 3: Optimal Sequence Energy Analysis, and Step 4: Energy Comparison. The results show that, the sequence determined by the driving force method is able to reduce energy used in the existing distillation columns sequence. All of this findings show that the methodology is able to design minimum energy distillation column sequence for separation processes in an easy, practical and systematic manner.