An azeotrope is a mixture of two or more compounds that cannot be separated or changed by simple distillation. This book addresses an important issue in the energy crisis: the distillation of azeotropes to improve the processing of biofuels. It describes azeotropic systems in a comprehensive, readable form, with updates on recent developments in vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid-vapor equilibrium, simulation tools, and specific examples covering the major processing options available. The text also presents methods for achieving optimum economic design and control structures, and demonstrates trade-offs between energy savings and controllability (product quality variability).
WILLIAM L. LUYBEN, PhD, is a professor at Lehigh University.Dr. Luyben has published more than 220 technical papers in processcontrol and design and is the author or coauthor of eleventextbooks. In addition, he has nine years of industrial experience,working with Exxon and DuPont. I-LUNG CHIEN, PhD, is a professor at National TaiwanUniversity of Science and Technology with research interests indesign and control of chemical, polymer, and bio-processes. He wasa senior consulting engineer for DuPont Engineering for nine years,where he performed research and consultation for various chemicalprocesses. Dr. Chien has published more than fifty technical papersin process control and design.