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Donahue, M.

University of Texas, Austin, Texas

is pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Texas (UT) under Dr. R. Bruce Eldridge and Dr. Michael Baldea. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 2014 and is a second-year graduate student. Her research focuses on the dynamic simulation and control of the pilot plant distillation column at UT’s Process Science and Technology Center.

Use model predictive control to achieve real-time management of a DWC

Emerson Process Management: Blevins, T.
Eastman Chemical Company: Downs, J.
University of Texas: Donahue, M.  |  Roach, B.

A dividing-wall column (DWC) can provide significant savings in energy and capital cost compared to a conventional distillation column design.

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