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Technology Profile: Butyl Acrylate from Acrylic Acid and Butanol

By Intratec Solutions LLC |

This column is based on “Butyl Acrylate Production from Acrylic Acid and Butanol – Cost Analysis,” a report published by Intratec. It can be found at: www.intratec.us/analysis/butyl-acrylate-production-cost. Butyl acrylate, the butyl ester of acrylic acid, is among the most industrially important acrylates (along with methyl acrylate and ethyl acrylate). The major use of butyl acrylate is in the production of acrylic polymers, and for making copolymers with polyethylene. It is also used in the formulation of paints, sealants, cleaning products and adhesives, as well as in amphoteric surfactants, aqueous resins, antioxidant agents, elastomers and dispersions for textiles and papers. Butyl acrylate can be produced from several reactions involving acetylene, 1-butyl alcohol, carbon monoxide, nickel carbonyl, and hydrochloric acid among other chemicals. On an industrial scale, butyl acrylate is produced from ester-grade acrylic acid and butanol, typically in plants that are integrated with acrylic acid facilities. The process The present analysis discusses an industrial process for butyl acrylate production. The process comprises two major sections: (1) esterification; and (2) purification (Figure 1). Figure 1. The diagram represents…
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