Chapter Four Design Issues I Understanding Reactive Distillation

4.1 Operating Variables and Interactions

4.1.1 Introduction

4.1.2 Feed Composition

4.1.3 Stoichiometric Excess of Ethanol

4.1.4 Column Pressure

4.1.5 Reflux Ratio

4.1.6 Reboiler Duty

4.1.7 Other Operating and Design Variables

4.2 Column Topography

4.2.1 Reactive Section

4.2.2 Non-Reactive Sections

4.2.2.1 Interactions Between Fractionation and Feed Composition

4.2.2.2 Optimising Fractionation

4.2.2.3 The Detrimental Effect of Excessive Fractionation

4.2.2.4 MTBE Columns

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