Selecting T for condensing fluid

  1. In cooling distillate off a column, is there a disadvantage to making a condensing fluid in the tube side of a shell and tube too cool? Assume melting points of the condensing material are below the Temp, so nothing is solidifying.

    Thanks for the input!
  2. jcsd
  3. Bystander

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    "Too cool?" Cracked tube sheets, pulling material backward into the condenser (air plus flammables = boom), cutting reflux ratio (wasted distillation step) --- you can run with it from here.
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