Cover page of Fuel Processing TechnologyAuthors: E. Camilo CORREDOR, Pallavi CHITTA, Milind D.DEO

Affiliation: University of Utah, Department of Chemical Engineering, 50 S. Central Campus Dr. Rm 3290, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9203, United States of America

Reference (APA): Corredor, E. C., Chitta, P., & Deo, M. D. (2019). Techno-economic evaluation of a process for direct conversion of methane to aromatics. Fuel Processing Technology, 183, 55–61.

Abstract: “Natural gas is widely abundant and relatively inexpensive. As such, large quantities are flared every year. This presents an opportunity to use natural gas as a chemical feedstock. Non-oxidative dehydroaromatization of methane, the major component of natural gas is proposed as an option to monetize natural gas. This study evaluates the economics of the methane to benzene process. A catalytic membrane reactor model written in MATLAB has been directly implemented in an Aspen Plus V9 process model using CAPE-OPEN interoperability. Minimum utility requirements and heat exchanger designs were identified in Aspen Energy Analyzer, and process economics for a variety of feed and product prices were assessed using Aspen Process Economic Analyzer. …”

DOI: 10.1016/j.fuproc.2018.05.038

Comments: the authors have developed a CAPE-OPEN Unit Operation model in MATLAB, and using the MATLAB CAPE-OPEN Unit Operation wrapper from AmsterCHEM, have plugged their model and used it in Aspen Plus v9.