Single-Stage Batch Distillation: Example Problems
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Example Problem 1
50 moles of an ethanol-water mixture are loaded into a pot still and heated. When the first distillate is collected, the head temperature (vapor temperature) is 84°C. The still is run until the head temperature is 89°C. What is the total amount of distillate collected? What are the compositions of the distillate and the waste products?
Example Problem 2
A single-stage batch still operating at 760 mm Hg pressure is charged with 75 mol of a 82 mol% methanol(1)/18 mol% water(2) mixture. Assume the mixture is an ideal solution.
How much distillate will be collected if the average distillate concentration desired is 90.0%?
How many moles will remain in the still and what is its methanol concentration?
The Antione equations (where \(T\) is in Celsius) are: