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dc.contributor.authorAlmanssoor, Alyaa
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-25 14:56:03 (GMT)
dc.date.available2008-05-25 14:56:03 (GMT)
dc.description.abstractThe petrochemical Industry is based upon the production of chemicals from petroleum and also deals with chemicals manufactured from the by products of petroleum refinery. At the preliminary stages of chemical plant development and design, the choice of chemical process route is the key design decision. In the past, economics were the most important criterion in choosing the chemical process route. Modified studies imply that the two of the important planning objectives for a petrochemical industry, environmental risk and the industrial safety involved in the development. For the economic evaluation of the industry, and for the proposed final chemicals products in the development, simple and clear economic indicators are needed to be able to indicate an overall economic gain in the development. Safety, as the second objective, is considered in this study as the risk of chemical plant accidents. Risk, when used as an objective function, has to have a simple quantitative form to be easily evaluated for a large number of possible plants in the petrochemical network. The simple quantitative form adopted is a safety index that enables the number of people affected by accidents resulting in chemical releases to be estimated. Environmental issues have now become important considerations due to the potential harmful impacts produced by chemical releases. In this study third objective of planning petrochemical industry was developed by involving environmental considerations and environmental risk index. Indiana Relative Chemical Hazard Score (IRCHS) was used to allow chemical industries routes to be ranked by environmental hazardous. The focus of this work is to perform early planning and decision-making for a petrochemical plants network for maximum economical gain, minimum risk to people from possible chemical accidents and minimum environmental risk. The three objectives, when combined with constraints describing the desired or the possible structure of the industry, will form an optimization model. For this study, the petrochemical planning model consists of a Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) model to select the best routes from the basic feedstocks available in Kuwait -as a case study- to the desired final products with multiple objective functions. The economic, safety and environmental risk objectives usually have conflicting needs. The presence of several conflicting objectives is typical when planning. In many cases, where optimization techniques are utilized, the multiple objectives are simply aggregated into one single objective function. Optimization is then conducted to get one optimal result. This study, which is concerned with economic and risk objectives, leads to the identification of important factors that affecting the building-up of environmental management system for petrochemical industry. Moreover, the procedure of modelling and model solution can be used to simplify the decision-making for complex or large systems such as the petrochemical industry. It presents the use of simple multiple objective optimization tools within a petrochemical planning tool formulated as a mixed integer linear programming model. Such a tool is particularly useful when the decision-making task must be discussed and approved by officials who often have little experience with optimization theoriesen
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectenvironmental risken
dc.subjectenvironmental managementen
dc.titlePlanning of Petrochemical Industry under Environmental Risk and Safety Considerationsen
dc.typeMaster Thesisen
dc.subject.programChemical Engineeringen
uws-etd.degree.departmentChemical Engineeringen
uws-etd.degreeMaster of Applied Scienceen

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