Pinch analysis for sustainable process design and integration

Zhiwei Li, Lei Ma, Xiaoping Jia, Jingzheng Ren

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic researchpeer-review


This chapter describes the basic steps of pinch analysis for the design and optimization of a sustainable chemical process. Key elements of the chapter are the heat recovery pinch, targeting ahead of design, and a stepwise and systematic procedure for heat exchanger network design. Some extensions of pinch analysis are also provided, such as water pinch analysis and carbon emission pinch analysis. Graphical diagrams and representations of pinch analysis give the designer a good overview of the bottleneck of even the most complex processes. These tools provide insight and ease the communication between designers and engineers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Sustainable Chemical Processes
Subtitle of host publicationApplications of Sustainability Assessment and Analysis, Design and Optimization, and Hybridization and Modularization
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020


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