Stripping Column Operation
In this simulation, a trayed stripping column is used to remove an impurity from a liquid feed by stripping the impurity into a gas stream. The pink operating line is obtained from a mass balance, and its slope L/V (the ratio of liquid flow rate to gas flow rate) is shown on the column on the right. The phase equilibrium line, which is obtained from Henry’s law, is orange. The top and bottom of the column are labeled on the x-y diagram. Move your mouse over the pink and orange lines to see their labels. The number of trays/stages needed to obtain an outlet solute mole ratio of xN ppm in the liquid stream is calculated. A stage is a plate that contacts the liquid solvent and the gas to promote mass transfer. When a partial stage is calculated, the number of stages is rounded down to the nearest full stage. Use the sliders to change the pressure and temperature in the column, the gas flow rate V and the solute mole ratio in the gas feed, yN+1. Check the “(L/V)max” box to show the maximum slope for the operating line; this condition would require an infinite number of stages. Check “show diagram with 5 stages” to set conditions that require five stages and display the mole ratios entering and leaving each stage. Use the “stage” slider to move through each stage and display the solute fluxes in and out of that stage on the x-y diagram.
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This simulation was made at the University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Authors: Rachael L. Baumann
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