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The vitamin company you work for produces alanine. Two streams A and B enter a reactor system where the reaction occurs and one stream C containing...

The vitamin company you work for produces alanine. Two streams A and B enter a reactor system where the reaction occurs and one stream C containing the products exit the reactor system. The reactor operates at steady-state. Stream A enters at a rate of 100 kg/min and contains 90 wt% glutamine, 5 wt% alanine, and 5 wt% inert material. Stream B enters at a rate of 50 kg/min and contains 95 wt% pyruvic acid, 3 wt% alanine, and 2 wt% inert material. The ratio of the mass flow rate of alanine in the outlet stream to that supplied to the reactor (in streams A+B) is 8. The reaction stoichiometry is:

C5H10N2O3 (glutamine) + C3H4O3 (pyruvic acid) -> C5H7NO4 (alpha-ketoglutamic acid) + C3H7NO2 (alanine) Other relevant information:

  1. a) What is the rate of production of alanine? What are the fractional conversions of glutamine and pyruvic acid?
  2. b) Find the outlet mass flow rates and mass fractions of alanine, alpha-ketoglutamic acid, and any leftover
  3. reactants (including inert material).

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