Unit Operations Laboratory II

Continuous Distillation


The goal of this laboratory exercise is to study the performance of a binary distillation column while operating in continuous mode. The continuous distillation column is also known as the West Column. The batch distillation column is known as the East column.

Learning Objectives

The main learning objective is to gain experience in fully characterizing the behavior of a binary distillation column run in continuous feed mode. To determine the column performance, one must examine such parameters as the composition of the distillate and bottoms product, Murphree efficiency, and heat transfer properties at various reflux rates (total and constant). These parameters should calculated theoretically using available computer programs and determined experimentally from the column.


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