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Homework Help: Recirculating DE Mixture Problem

  1. Apr 29, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A rigid tank of volume "V" contains salt dissolved in water at a concentration "C". Fresh water flows into the tank at a rate of "F". A fraction "x" of the exit flow is recirculated back into the entrance flow.

    V, Volume of tank
    Fin, Flow rate in
    Fo, Flow rate out
    x, Fraction of volume flow-rate recirculated
    Co, Initial concentration
    C(t), Concentration in tank at time t


    2. Relevant equations

    [tex]\frac{dC}{dt}=\text{concentration of salt entering}-\text{concentration of salt leaving}[/tex]



    so [tex]\frac{dC}{dt}=xFC(t)-(1-x)FC(t)[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution


    When I plot this using Euler's Method, I get this graph. This is obviously incorrect, because it does not reflect exponential decay. Can someone help me out? I'm really not sure what I've done wrong.
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  3. Apr 29, 2010 #2
    I may have found my own mistake. I totally forgot to take into account to volume of the tank. I believe this wound change the Flow Out equation to:


    so the final equation would be:


    is this correct?

    With some randomly chosen values (V=10,000 ft^3/s F=10 ft^3 x=.2 Co=.8) I get this, which seems much more reasonable.

  4. May 1, 2010 #3
    Anyone want to qualify my answer here? Should I re-post this somewhere else? Hello?
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