Energy Research, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Dec  2017, Pages 1-12; DOI: 10.31058/ 10.31058/

The Simulation of Removal Hydrogen Sulfide from Liquefied Petroleum Gas by Software ASPEN HYSYS V8.8

Energy Research, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Dec  2017, Pages 1-12.

DOI: 10.31058/

Matib Miloud 1,2 , Lounis Zoubida 1*

1 Laboratory of Engineering industrial Safety and Sustainable Development Lisidd institute of Maintenance and industrial Safety, University Oran2 Mohamed Benahmed, Oran, Algeria

2 Engineering Direction ENG-AVAL Activity–SONATRACH, Algeria

Received: 28 November 2017; Accepted: 15 December 2017; Published: 3 January 2018

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The main aim of this study is to investigate the effect of the use of piperazine as an additive on the MDEA solutions which is already used to sweeten LPG from H2S & CO2. ASPEN HYSYS is used to simulate this case study. In this article many design criteria (MDEA concentration, piperazine concentration, amine solution flow rate etc) are studied. The composition and operating conditions of pressure and temperature of LPG to be treated is taken from literature (Hanan JQ et al) & slightly modified, in such situation the composition of our LPG Feed can be considered as theoretical, the flow and the other operating parameters of AGRU (Acid Gas Removal Unit) are also optimized.


Acid Gas, Mdea, Piperazine, Sweetening, aspen Hysys, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Sulfur Recovery, Process Simulation


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