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terms of L/V is obtained from the slope of the rectifying section operating line, which passes
through the point, y = xD = 0.85 and is tangent to the equilibrium curve, rather than being drawn
through the intersection of the qline and the equilibrium curve because that would cause the
operating line to mistakenly cross over the equilibrium curve. The slope of the operating line =
(L/V)min = 0.667. From Eq. (727), Rmin = (L/D)min = 0.667/(10.667) = 2.0. Exercise 7.32 (continued) Analysis: (b, c, and d) (continued) Exercise 7.32 (continued)
Analysis: (b, c, and d) (continued) Exercise 7.32 (continued)
Analysis: (b, c, and d) (continued) Exercise 7.33
Subject:
Distillation of a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water at 1 atm using either a
partial reboiler or open steam.
Given: Bubblepoint feed containing 10 mol% isopropyl alcohol in water. Distillate to contain
67.5 mol% isopropyl alcohol with a 98% recovery. Vaporliquid equilibrium data , with an
azeotrope at 68.54 mol% alcohol.
Assumptions: Constant molar overflow. Total condenser.
Find: For a reflux ratio, R = L/D = 1.5 times minimum, determine number of stages, if:
(a) Partial reboiler is used.
(b) Open saturated steam is used.
and
(c) Minimum number of equilibrium stages.
Analysis: In the composition region of operation, the alcohol is the most volatile component.
First, compute the distribution of the alcohol. Take a basis of 100 kmol/h of feed.
Then, the feed contains 10 kmol/h alcohol and 90 kmol/h of water. For a recovery of 98 mol%,
alcohol, distillate contains 9.8 kmol/h of alcohol. For an alcohol purity of 67.5 mol%, the
distillate rate = D = 9.8/0.675 = 14.52 kmol/h. Water in the distillate = 14.52  9.8 = 4.72
kmol/h.
Alcohol in the bottoms = 10  9.8 = 0.2 kmol/h.
(a) With a partial reboiler, no other water enters the system. Therefore, water in the
bottoms = 90  4.72 = 85.28 kmol/h. Total bottoms rate = B = 85.28 + 0.2 = 85.48 kmol/h.
Mole fraction of alcohol in bottoms = 0.2/85.48 = 0.0023. The minimum reflux is
determined from the McCabeThiele diagram on the next page, where the equilibrium curve is
drawn from the given data and the qline is vertical, passing through x = 0.10. The rectifying
section operating line for minimum reflux usually is a straight line that connects the distillate
mole fraction on the 45o line to the intersection of the equilibrium curve and the qline as shown
by the dashed line on the diagram. However, in this case the line mistakenly crosses over the
equilibrium curve. Therefore, instead, the operating line is drawn tangent to the equilibrium
curve from the point x = xD = 0.675 as shown on the diagram by a solid line. The slope of the
operating line = L/V = 0.467. From Eq. (727), Rmin = (L/D)min = 0.467/(10.467) = 0.876.
The operating reflux ratio = R = 1.5Rmin = 1.5(0.876) = 1.314. From Eq. (77), L/V = R/(1+R) =
1.314/(1+1.314) = 0.568. On a set of three McCabeThiele diagrams on the next page, the
rectifying section operating line has t...
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 Spring '11
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