8. Heat-Integrated Distillation Column

  1. Anton Alexandru Kiss

Published Online: 2 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118543702.ch8

Advanced Distillation Technologies: Design, Control and Applications

Advanced Distillation Technologies: Design, Control and Applications

How to Cite

Kiss, A. A. (2013) Heat-Integrated Distillation Column, in Advanced Distillation Technologies: Design, Control and Applications, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118543702.ch8

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 MAR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119993612

Online ISBN: 9781118543702



  • control and operation;
  • design and construction;
  • diabatic distillation;
  • energy efficiency;
  • heat-integrated distillation column (HIDiC);
  • industrial applications;
  • modeling and simulation;
  • thermodynamic analysis;
  • vapor (re)compression


Heat-integrated distillation column (HIDiC) is the most radical approach of a heat pump design, making use of internal heat-integration: the rectifying section of a distillation column becomes the heat source, while the stripping part of the distillation column acts as a heat sink. Basically, the stripping section is physically separated from the rectifying section and the heat is transferred inside the distillation column – from the rectifying to the stripping section – due to the increased operating pressure of the rectifying section by means of a compressor. This chapter describes the working principle, potential energy savings based on a thermodynamic analysis, various design options (e.g., inter-coupled columns, concentric columns, shell & tube and plate-fin heat exchanger columns), issues related to the control and operation, as well as pilot-scale and industrial applications.