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Separation Process Engineering: Includes Mass Transfer Analysis, Third Edition by Phillip C. Wankat

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2.10 Using Existing Flash Drums

Individual pieces of equipment will often outlive the entire plant. This used equipment is then available either in the plant’s salvage section or from used equipment dealers. As long as used equipment is clean and structurally sound (it pays to have an expert check it), it can be used instead of designing and building new equipment. Used equipment and off-the-shelf new equipment will often be cheaper and will have faster delivery than custom-designed new equipment; however, it may have been designed for a different separation. The challenge in using existing equipment is to adapt it with minimum cost to the new separation problem.

The existing flash drum has its dimensions htotal and D specified. Solving Eqs. ...

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