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Separation Process Engineering, Second Edition by Phillip C. Wankat

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Chapter 10: Staged and Packed Column Design

In previous chapters we saw how to determine the number of equilibrium stages and the separation in distillation columns. In the first part of this chapter we will discuss the details of staged column design such as tray geometry, determination of column efficiency, calculation of column diameter, downcomer sizing, and tray layout. We will start with a qualitative description of column internals and then proceed to a quantitative description of efficiency prediction, determination of column diameter, sieve tray design, and valve tray design. In the second part (sections 10.6 to 10.10) we will discuss packed column design including the selection of packed materials and determination of the length and ...

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