Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Chemical and Paper Engineering

First Advisor

James Springstead

Second Advisor

Mert Atilhan


Primient is a leading producer of food and industrial products from plant-based and renewable sources. The soluble corn fiber process was built to take sugars and produce dietary fibers. The front-end process produces a 60% liquid (60i) fiber stream. This project examined the possibility of process stream heat reclamation that would result in less raw steam usage or less load to the cooling tower. More specifically, it focused on a pinch point analysis of the 60i process. By recycling some process energy, this can help create a more sustainable process, lower environmental impact, and reduce plant costs. This was accomplished through the lens of a full economic analysis of equipment and strategy.


Co-authored with:

Brooke Hill

Jason Gamalski

Nathan Cain

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted