Design of Pilot Plant Packed Column for the Dehydration of Water from Ethanol-Water Mixtures


This use of biomass-based adsorbent has been explored for the column study of the adsorptive dehydration of water in ethanol-water mixtures. The column study was carried out using enzyme modified corn starch and the breakthrough curve parameters were used to design the packed bed column. The effect of flow rate on the breakthrough curves revealed that adsorption efficiency decreased with increased inflow rate. The empty bed contact time (τ) of the pilot plant packed column was 35.35 min while the breakthrough time is 40.78 min. 66.7% was the fraction of capacity left unused for the pilot plant from the design.

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Okewale, A. , Igbokwe, P. and Babayemi, K. (2015) Design of Pilot Plant Packed Column for the Dehydration of Water from Ethanol-Water Mixtures. Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science, 5, 152-157. doi: 10.4236/aces.2015.52016.

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