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

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B. Generation of Alternatives

B1. One type of valve is shown in Figure 10-1. Brainstorm alternative ways in which valves could be designed.

B2. What other ways of contacting in packed columns can you think of?

B3.

a. A farmer friend of yours is going to build his own distillation system to purify ethanol made by fermentation. He wants to make his own packing. Suggest 30 different things he could make or buy cheaply to use as packing (set up a brainstorming group to do this—make no judgments as you list ideas).

b. Look at your list in part a. Which idea is the craziest? Use this idea as a trigger to come up with 20 more ideas (some of which may be reasonable).

c. Go through your two lists from parts a and b. Which ideas are technically feasible? ...

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