Material Reuse Modeling

A Case Study of Water Reuse in an Industrial Park

Authors

  • Sara E. Keckler,

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    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
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    • *Exxon Chemicnl Company, Mont Belvieu Plastics Pfant, Mont, Belviue, Texas, USA.

  • David T. Allen

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of T m at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
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Exxon Chemical Company Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant 13330 Hatcherville Road, Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 USA, skeckler@flash.net

Summary

The techniques of water distribution modeling, a well-developed subject, have been applied to water management in an industrial park-the Bayport chemical manufacturing complex in Houston, Texas in the United States. Linear and other mathematical programming approaches were used to evaluate water reuse opportunities for a variety of scenarios, including redesigning the industrial water use network, adding a facility to the network, limiting the total water available to the network, and varying the price of water rhe results of the modeling demonstrate that a number of economical water reuse opportunities may exist for this network of facilities. More generally, the types of mathematical models developed for water reuse may find application in reuse modeling for other materials.

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