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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Computer simulation applied to studying continuous spirit distillation and product quality control
Author: Batista, FRM
Meirelles, AJA
Abstract: This work aims to study continuous spirit distillation by computational simulation, presenting some strategies of process control to regulate the volatile content. The commercial simulator Aspen (Plus and dynamics) was selected. A standard solution containing ethanol, water and 10 minor components represented the wine to be distilled. A careful investigation of the vapor-liquid equilibrium was performed for the simulation of two different industrial plants. The simulation procedure was validated against experimental results collected from an industrial plant for bioethanol distillation. The simulations were conducted with and without the presence of a degassing system, in order to evaluate the efficiency of this system in the control of the volatile content. To improve the efficiency of the degassing system, a control loop based on a feedback controller was developed. The results showed that reflux ratio and product flow rate have an important influence on the spirit composition. High reflux ratios and spirit flow rates allow for better control of spirit contamination. As an alternative to control the volatile contents, the degassing system was highly efficient in the case of low contamination. For a wine with high volatile contamination, the pasteurized spirit distillation unit was the best alternative. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: Spirits
Aspen Plus
Country: Inglaterra
Editor: Elsevier Sci Ltd
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2011.03.015
Date Issue: 2011
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