Arate-basedmodel approach for the absorption of acid gases by aqueous solution ofMDEA, using Aspen plus simulator

Author(s): N.Saghatoleslami,A.Farzaneh

Gas absorption for the separation of acid gases is a well-known technique in gas refineries.Alkanolamines are widely used for purposes of separation of acid gases fromnatural gas. Owing to the selective absorption characteristics of MDEA, it have been widely used for the separation processes. In this work, a gas treating unit has been simulated with a rate based approach, usingAspen plus process simulator. In the present work,Austgen’s model was used for the prediction of phase equilibrium in the interface of phases and chemical equilibrium in liquid phase, AIChE’s correlation for mass transfer coefficients and Chilton and Colburn method for the calculation of heat transfer coefficients. The simulation results demonstrates that itmatches exceptionallywell with the plant data that indicates the adequecy of used correlations and reaction rates. In order to evaluate and predict the performance of process in different operating conditions, some sensitivity analysis has also been carried out for the key parameters. The results also reveals that the reboiler duty of the regenerator has a considerable effect on the sweet gas quality.

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