Process integration of sodium hypophosphite production

Leonid Tovazhnyansky, Petro Kapustenko, Leonid Ulyev, Stanislav Boldyryev, Olga Arsenyeva

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The case study of flexible integrated flowsheet development for sodium hypophosphite production is presented. It is based on phosphoric sludge utilization process. The weight concentration of phosphorous in raw materials is equal to 30-50%. The reaction and separation parts of the system were designed based on detailed analysis of production stages. After that the process equipment was selected. Process modelling is made for annual production of hypophosphite equal to 2500 t. It permitted to extract process streams for heat energy integration and to define their parameters. The operating pinch procedure was used to estimate the consumption of hot and cold utilities for non-integrated process. The influence of utilities cost on minimal temperature difference is investigated. Analysis of heat system topology modification depending on energy prices is conducted. Optimal structure of heat recovery system and minimal temperature difference are determined. It is shown that optimal integrated process consumes 45% of hot and 30% of cold utilities required by non-integrated process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2306-2314
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Composite curves
  • Heat exchanger network
  • Process integration
  • Sodium hypophosphite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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