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Andrew A. Kline, Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging
Harold Hladky, Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging
Michigan BioDiesel, LLC of Bangor, Michigan has called for an analysis of their methanol distillation process. The goal of this project was to determine the current operating parameters of the column and suggest improvements to the operation of the column in order to maximize the amount of methanol recovered as product and minimize the amount of waste. It was also found that Michigan BioDiesel should not accept a methanol/ isopropyl alcohol feed stream due to the formation of an azeotrope that cannot be broken using extractive distillation. Additionally the group created and presented an overview of distillation to the staff of Michigan BioDiesel to give them a better understanding of the theory behind distillation.
Bellmer, Kristen L. and Sherrod, Scott, "Methanol Distillation Optimization" (2011). Honors Theses. 67.
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