FIG. 11-117 Linde single-column air separator.

concentration of the overhead nitrogen effluent for an initial liquid mixture of 21 percent oxygen/79 percent nitrogen at 100 kPa is about 6 to 7 percent oxygen. Thus, the nitrogen waste gas stream with such an impurity may only be usable as a purge gas for certain conditions.

The impurity problem noted in the previous paragraph was solved by the introduction of the Linde double-column system shown in Fig. 11-118. Two rectification columns are placed one on top of the other (hence the name double-column system).

In this system the liquid air is introduced at an intermediate point B into the lower column, and a condenser-evaporator at the top of the

Oxygen Nitrogen

FIG. 11-118 Linde double-column air separator.

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