Material Balances: Summary

The answers to the ConcepTests are given below and will open in a separate window. 
Key points from this module:
  • In a multi-component, steady-state system, one material balance can be done for each component. An overall material balance can also be done, but it is not another independent equation.
  • For a system involving a reaction, material balances can be done on atoms.
From studying this module, you should now be able to:
  • Perform steady-state material balances around various process equipment.

Prepared by John L. Falconer, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder