In this chapter we introduced the idea of distillation columns and saw how to do external balances. At this point you should be able to satisfy the following objectives:
1. Explain how a countercurrent distillation column physically works
2. Sketch and label the parts of a distillation system; explain the operation of each part and the flow regime on the trays
3. Explain the difference between design and simulation problems; list the specifications for typical problems
4. Write and solve external mass and energy balances for binary distillation systems
Biegler, L. T., I. E. Grossman, and A. W. Westerberg, Systematic Methods of Chemical Process Design, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1997.
Felder, R. M. ...