Recommendations

This research has met the objectives outlined in Chapter 1 and no further work is required. However, there is significant potential to continue the experimental aspects of this research using the reactive distillation pilot plant described in Chapters 11 and 12. In particular, further results could be obtained to demonstrate the viability of ETBE production via reactive distillation and to provide experimental evidence for multiple steady states in this system. Further experimental work would also be useful to test and evaluate the advanced control methods and approaches that were described in Chapters 9 and 10, and to uncover any implementation issues or barriers to industrial application.

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