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In a survival situation, when you need to distill a chemical, there won’t be a lab kit ready to go for that purpose. You may have to scrounge up the parts or you may even have to build the elements of distillation yourself. That’s where this immensely helpful book comes into play.
In our current age of sophisticated computers running just about everything, distillation and its operation have often become part of that process. Not many people know how each part of the process works anymore. Even a watchful pair of eyes or an intuitive guess is being replaced by precise mathematical equations. However, in the distillation field, it isn’t machines or mathematics that fix things when they break down or won’t work right. It’s a human being, the troubleshooter or mechanic.
The author of this book has written it based on those troubleshooters. This is invaluable to someone intent on preparing for survival mode. In that situation, you won’t have the advantage of machines, either – only your own brain and two hands.
Ninety percent of problems in distillation operation occur because someone has overlooked some basic guideline or practice. This book was written to document those guidelines and outline past problems so that you can try and avoid them in your own equipment.
It is meant to be a starting point, however, not the end-all of your knowledge. What works in one case many not work in another. You may, as you read it, decide that some of the author’s recommendations don’t work for you at all. This is good, because it’s the books other purpose: to guide your imagination and intuition to the result that will work best for you.
- Distillation Troubleshooting
- Reflux and Intermediate Feed Inlets for Tray Columns
- Reflux and Intermediate Feed Distribution and Liquid Redistribution in Packed Towers
- Bottom Section and Column Outlets
- Gravity Lines and Instrument and Access Connections
- Tray and Downcomer Layout
- Mechanical Requirements for Trays
- Internals Unique to Packed Towers
- Distillation Overpressure Relief
- Column Assembly and Preparation for Commissioning
- Column Commissioning
- Column Startup and Shutdown
- Operation Difficulties
- Column Field Testing and Troubleshooting
- Reboilers and Condensers Operation and Troubleshooting
- Basic Distillation Control
- Reboiler, Condenser, and Pressure Controls
- Temperature and Composition Control
- Miscellaneous Column Controls
- Columns That Did Not Work: Case Histories
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