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An expert system for the synthesis of solid-liquid-liquid separations
The synthesis of separation systems involving solid-liquid-liquid mixtures is an important problem that has not received appreciable attention in the literature of process synthesis in the past.^ The main objective of this research is the development of a complete design methodology for solid-liquid-liquid separations in the context of total flowsheet synthesis, along with its computer implementation, including the initial synthesis of flowsheet structures, the generation of process alternatives, and a preliminary cost analysis. The implementation part of this work is stressed as a means of testing heuristics and formalizing the design activity.^ The proposed synthesis approach is heuristic in nature. Separation methods are selected and the interconnections among equipment types are deduced based on expert knowledge in the form of rules. Short-cut calculations are employed for equipment design and cost estimations.^ The final product of this research has been implemented in a prototype expert system, facilitating the screening of alternative separation schemes and the invention of preliminary flowsheets. ^
Engineering, Chemical|Artificial Intelligence|Computer Science
Nikolaos Fotios Giannelos,
"An expert system for the synthesis of solid-liquid-liquid separations"
(January 1, 1997).
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