MASS BALANCES TO OPTIMISE A CALCIUM-GLUCONATE PRODUCTION PLANT.

R.A. Hamming, J.W. Huisman, H.F. Bartelds
Glucona by manufactures ingredients for the pharmaceutical industry from starch. One of the starch derivatives that is produced is calcium-gluconate. Process engineers of Glucona were researching the possibility of optimising the calcium-gluconate production process by adjusting the centrifuge process, which is the bottleneck of the plant. Glucona has asked Vertis by to calculate the mass balances of the calcium-gluconate plant. Vertis has constructed a model of the plant using Aspen+. The model and the simulation results are discussed. The simulation results confirmed/founded the ideas of the process engineers: the calcium-gluconate production can be optimised by decreasing the washing period during the centrifuge process.
Hamming, R.A., Huisman, J.W. and Bartelds, H.F. (1998). MASS BALANCES TO OPTIMISE A CALCIUM-GLUCONATE PRODUCTION PLANT.. Acta Hortic. 476, 197-204
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1998.476.22
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1998.476.22
mass balances, modelling, calcium-gluconate, pharmaceutical ingredients, starch, flowsheeting, Aspen+

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