Binary Distillation for Process & Chemical Engineering

Model Continuous Distillation Equipment in the Industry as well as Flash & Batch Separation Processes in Binary Systems


What you’ll learn

  • Understand the Principles behind Binary Distillation.
  • Design & Operate Flashing, and Flash Drums via Flash Distillation of Binary Mixtures.
  • Understand and apply the principles and methods for simple distillation of binary mixtures.
  • Understand Continuous Distillation Equipment.
  • Model Distillations of Binary Systems.
  • Apply McCabe-Thiele Method for Continuous Distillation Column Design (Number of Stages).
  • Simulate several process, specially continuous and batch distillation of binary mixtures.
  • Get to know the “Recycle Ratio”, “Reboiler Duty”, “Feed Stage” etc….
  • Model Stripping and Enriching Sections of a Distillation Column.

Course Content

  • Welcome! –> 3 lectures • 14min.
  • Review of Mass Transfer & Transport Phenomena –> 9 lectures • 42min.
  • Binary Distillation Overview –> 60 lectures • 2hr 40min.
  • Software Simulation –> 4 lectures • 34min.
  • Bonus –> 1 lecture • 1min.

Binary Distillation for Process & Chemical Engineering



Binary Distillation is one of the most important Mass Transfer Operations used extensively in the Chemical industry.

Understanding the concept behind Gas-Gas, Liquid-Liquid and the Gas-Liquid mass transfer interaction will allow you to understand and model Distillation Columns, Flashes, Batch Distillator, Tray Columns and Packed column, etc…

We will cover:

  • REVIEW: Of Mass Transfer Basics (Equilibrium VLE Diagrams, Volatility, Raoult’s Law, Azeotropes, etc..)
  • Distillation Theory
  • Application of Distillation in the Industry
  • Counter-Current Operation
  • Several equipment to Carry Gas-Liquid Operations
  • Bubble, Spray, Packed and Tray Column equipment
  • Flash Distillation & Flash Drums Design
  • Design & Operation of Tray Columns
  • Number of Ideal Stages: McCabe Thiele Method & Ponchon Savarit Method
  • Recycle
  • Condenser types: partial, total
  • Pressure drop due to trays
  • Design & Operation of Packed Columns
  • Pressure drop due to trays
  • Efficiency of Stages & Murphree’s Efficency
  • Batch Distillation, the Raleigh Equation
  • Software Simulation for Absorption/Stripping Operations (ASPEN PLUS/HYSYS)

Solved-Problem Approach:

All theory is backed with exercises, solved problems, and proposed problems for homework/individual study.

At the end of the course:

You will be able to understand mass transfer mechanism and processes behind Binary Distillation in Flash, Continuous & Batch Processes. You will be able to continue with a Multi-Component Distillation, Reactive Distillation and Azeotropic Distillation as well as more Mass Transfer Unit Operation Courses and/or Separation Processes Course.

About your instructor:

I majored in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Industrial Engineering back in 2012.

I worked as a Process Design/Operation Engineer in INEOS Koln, mostly on the petrochemical area relating to naphtha treating. There I designed and modeled several processes relating separation of isopentane/pentane mixtures, catalytic reactors and separation processes such as distillation columns, flash separation devices and transportation of tank-trucks of product.

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