Oxygen Specific Power Consumption Comparison for Air Separation Units

  • Yas A. Alsultannty Arabian Gulf University
  • Nayef N. Al-Shammari Arabian Gulf University
Keywords: Air Separation Unit, Oxygen specific power, Technological forecasting, Key performance indicators.

Abstract

Technologies life cycles became shorter than before as a result of globalization and open market, which derived organizations to update their dated technologies. Without technologies updating, which based on Technological Forecasting (TF), organizations can not be dominant leaders in the open market and eventually they will lose their business. The main objective of this paper was to evaluate the air separation units by calculating the oxygen specific power, to find the most cost effective unit. The oxygen specific power used as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for the selected Air Separation Unit (ASU) technologies. The KPI for the updated Air Separation Unit was reviewed and the latest value selected as theoretical benchmark, which was 0.28 Kw/Nm3. At the practical part, the data collected to three air separation units ASU-31, ASU-51 and ASU-71. The results showed that the specific power gaps that used as the KPI's of ASU-31, ASU-51 and ASU-71 are 0.464 Kw/Nm3, 0.639 Kw/Nm3 and 0.631 Kw/Nm3 respectively. The results showed that these gaps can be minimized by the recommendation suggested in this paper to reduce power consumption.

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Author Biographies

Yas A. Alsultannty

Arabian Gulf University, College of Graduate Studies, Kingdom of Bahrain

Nayef N. Al-Shammari

Arabian Gulf University, College of Graduate Studies, Kingdom of Bahrain

Published In
Vol 18 No 2, Apr 18, 2014
How to Cite
[1]
Y. A. Alsultannty and N. N. Al-Shammari, “Oxygen Specific Power Consumption Comparison for Air Separation Units”, Eng. J., vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 67-80, Apr. 2014.

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