Keywords: expert systems, multi-objective decision making, process synthesis, simulated annealing, waste minimisation, intelligent design, green design, process design, mathematical optimisation, process simulation, hydrocarbon separation, chemical processing, environmental pollution
An intelligent system for green process design
Growing environmental issues have motivated technological advances to reduce pollution from chemical processing plants. These include the use of process simulators to design an environmentally benign process that minimises the plant emissions. While these simulators offer a convenient way of simulating the plant's capability to support environmental studies. In this article, we present a novel framework that integrates expert system with process simulator and mathematical optimisation as a means for waste minimisation analysis and decision support. We illustrate the framework by solving a literature case study involving hydrocarbon separation process.