Roach, B.

University of Texas, Austin, Texas

is pursuing a PhD at the Process Science and Technology Center at the University of Texas. A Virginia Tech graduate, she held an entry-level engineering position with ExxonMobil prior to entering graduate school. Her PhD studies involve building a pilot-scale dividing-wall distillation column that will be used to develop basic simulation, design and control methodologies.

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

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

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