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Steady State Distillation Process

  1. Mar 22, 2016 #1
    A steady state distillation process is shown diagrammatically as
    FIGURE 1.

    Assuming no heat losses to the atmosphere:
    (i) Write four balanced equations for this system.
    (ii) Identify where any constitutive equations may be required for the
    modelling processes.

    There are two states that I can think of that need balancing.

    mass and energy balances

    mass in = mass out + accumulation
    energy in = energy out + accumulation

    I am not overly sure how this becomes 4 but
    this is my idea is

    Mass x in = mass x out + accumulation
    Mass y in = mass y out + accumulation

    energy in = energy out Top + accumulation
    energy in = energy out Bottom + accumulation

    Any help would be appreciated, and I am stuck with the constitutive equations.


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  3. Mar 23, 2016 #2
    How do the words "steady state" and "accumulation" relate to one another?
    Let's see the detailed mass balance equations you are considering?
    What form of constitutive equation would you use to represent the enthalpy per unit mass (or mole) of a stream?
  4. Mar 24, 2016 #3
    Thank you for your response.
    After reading my literature over and over, I believe I have answered the question, if you could have a look.

    There are three mass balance equations.

    Overall Mass balance

    mass in = mass out + accumulation

    Component Mass balance

    mass of X in = mass of X out + accumulation

    mass of Y in = mass of Y out + accumulation

    The accumulations for both X and Y can be zero, positive or a negative value but in a steady state should be zero.

    Energy balance.

    energy in = energy out + accumulation

    The accumulation in this equation is the condenser which will have a negative value.

    Constitutive equations

    The specific heat capacity C will varies with temperature using the relationships of the type. The specific heat capacity will change the energy transfer rate.



    CT is the specific heat capacity at temperature T

    CO is the specific heat capacity at temperature 0 (K or °C)

    T is temperature in K or °C

    a, b, c … are constants for the given material.

    The ideal gas equation may be used in the mass equation as the Density will change with temperature.



    ρ = density (kg m–3)

    p = absolute pressure (Pa)

    Mr = relative molecular mass (kg kmol–1)

    R is the ideal gas constant (J kmol–1 K–1)

    T is the absolute temperature (K).
  5. Mar 25, 2016 #4
    I have problems with your assessment. There are too many issues to cover in detail. But, here are a few:

    The term "steady state" means that there is no accumulation. So there is no accumulation in any of your mass and heat balances. I have no idea how you can say that there is negative accumulation in the condenser.

    There are only two independent mass balances, not 3. Do you know why?

    How in the world does the ideal gas law enter the picture? 1 liquid stream enters and two liquid streams exit.

    The specific enthalpy of a stream should be expressed as a function h(x,T) of the mole fraction x and the temperature T. That's all you need.

    You can't simply use heat capacity to get the enthalpy because you have a 2 component system, and the enthalpies of formation of the two species need to be included in expressing h(x,T) because their mole fractions change.

    Let's see some actual mass balance and heat balance equations.
  6. Mar 27, 2016 #5
    Thank for your response.

    I can see there are two mass balance equations and one enthalpy .

    Component Mass balance
    As we have a steady state

    mass of X in = mass of X out

    mass of Y in = mass of Y out

    Energy balance.

    Energy balance.

    energy in = energy out + energy removed by the condenser

    I don't see a 4th equation?

    Constitutive equations
    These are the constitutive equations covered in the info i have been provided with

    • property relationships/equations of state
    • transport flux relationships
    • reaction rate expressions
    • equilibrium expressions
    • fluid flow relationships.

    Think I am stuck a bit here.
  7. Mar 27, 2016 #6
    I didn't mean to write the equations in a general way. They give you symbols and mole fractions in the figure. Let's see the equations in terms of these. Also, for the heat balance, call h(X,T) the enthalpy per mole of a given stream, QB the rate of heat added at the boiler and QC the rate of heat removed at the condenser. Let's see the heat balance in terms of the flow rates and these.

  8. Mar 28, 2016 #7
    Mass Balance equation for component X
    0.6qF = 0.99qT + 0.10qB

    Mass Balance equation for component Y
    0.4qF = 0.01qT + 0.90qB

    I am struggling with the enthalpy.
    The equation I have been given is:
    Q = qm(To - Ti)

    I dont recognise this.

    Qh = qmbCTb + QC + qmtCTt - qmiCTi
  9. Mar 29, 2016 #8
    The symbol q is usually used for volumetric flow rate. In the mass balances, you should be using mass flow rates F, T, and B.
    I don't recognize this. The heat balance I would write would be:

    If x and y formed an ideal solution, I would represent h(X,T) by:
    $$h_y(T)=\int_{T_0}^T{C_y(T')dT')}$$ where T0 is a reference temperature, and T' is a dummy variable of integration.
  10. Mar 29, 2016 #9
    [tex]Fh(0.6,Tf) = \text{ energy of X in }[/tex]
    Qb = energy out bottom
    Qt = energy out top
    Th(0.99,Tt) = energy out X top
    Bh(0.1,Tb) = energy out bottom

    I don't see how this balances
    do we not need something in for the condenser?

    in the mass balance I should have used qm.
    in the information i have been given qm = mass flow rate qv = volume flow rate

    X = specific heat capacity where I use C

    all the examples i have been given do not show any integration.

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  11. Mar 29, 2016 #10
    This is not the energy of x in. This is the rate of enthalpy entering the column in the feed stream.

    This is the rate of enthalpy exiting in the product stream
    This is the rate of enthalpy exiting in the bottoms.

    My heat balance says that the rate of enthalpy exiting in the bottoms and product streams is equal to the rate of enthalpy entering in the feed stream + the rate of heat addition to the reboiler - the rate of heat removed at the condenser.

    If the heat capacity is a function of temperature, you need to integrate with respect to temperature to get the enthalpy. Didn't they cover this in your thermo course?
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