Synthesis of heat recovery system with heat pumps

Niniek Fajar Puspita*, Tetsuo Fuchino, Masaaki Muraki

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Heat recovery systems (HRS) combine heat exchanging and heat pumping to decrease energy demand and improve energy quality, respectively. The synthesis of such a system involves configuring heat exchangers and heat pumps into a network. The problem is more complex than that of conventional heat exchanger synthesis problem, because of a combinatorial nature in properly selecting of heat pump matches (HPMs) and heat matches (HMs). In this work, an evolutionary approach is developed by interactively searching for design variables into total cost effect. The method consists of an initial HRS and neighboring alternatives generation. In the initial generation, a thcrmodynamic priority is considered to introduce a most preferable configuration of HPMs into the network. In alternative generation, alternative configurations of HPMs are repeatedly introduced to obtain an optimal HPMs as a search variable. An algorithm is proposed to find efficiently the best HRS and its effectiveness is demonstrated through an illustrative example problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chemical Engineering of Japan
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Evolutionary Approach
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Heat Pumps
  • Heat Recovery System
  • Process Synthesis


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