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Chemical Engineering

Small Distillation Column

The distillation column is one of the most common liquid-liquid separation systems used in industry. Distillation can be used to separate binary or multi-component mixtures. This column is made of glass so you can see the condensing liquids on the trays. We separate an isopropanol / water solution in this column. The students use their data to plot concentration versus tray number, predict separation using the McCabe-Thiele method and determine tower efficiency.

Chemical Engineering Lab small distillation column Students with Mr. Newberry at the small distillation column
Students at a small distillation column
Chemical Engineering Lab distillation column