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Title: Multiobjective optimization of an industrial wiped-film pet reactor
Authors: Bhaskar, V.
Gupta, S.K. 
Ray, A.K. 
Issue Date: May-2000
Citation: Bhaskar, V.,Gupta, S.K.,Ray, A.K. (2000-05). Multiobjective optimization of an industrial wiped-film pet reactor. AIChE Journal 46 (5) : 1046-1058. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Multiobjective optimization of a third-stage, wiped-film polyester reactor was carried out using a model that describes an industrial poly(ethylene terephthalate) reactor quite well. The two objective functions minimized are the the acid and vinyl end group concentrations in the product. These are two of the undesirable side products produced in the reactor. The optimization problem incorporates an endpoint constraint to produce a polymer with a desired value of the degree of polymerization. In addition, the concentration of the di-ethylene glycol end group in the product is constrained to lie within a certain range of values. Adaptations of the nondominated sorting genetic algorithm have been developed to obtain optimal values of the five decision variables: reactor pressure, temperature, catalyst concentration, residence time of the polymer inside the reactor, and the speed of the agitator. The optimal solution was a unique point (no Pareto set obtained). Problems of multiplicity and premature convergence were encountered. A 'smoothening' procedure is suggested to generate near-optimal operating conditions. The optimal solution corresponds simultaneously to minimum values of the residence time of the polymeric reaction mass in the reactor.
Source Title: AIChE Journal
ISSN: 00011541
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