Removing Water from an Azeotropic Ethanol-Water Mixture through AdsorptionPublic
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Adsorption was explored as a mechanism to further separate azeotropic ethanol-water mixtures to produce pure ethanol for biofuel use. A bench-scale adsorption column was designed and tested. The variables in the experiment were the type of adsorbent, the amount of adsorbent, and the flow rate. The results showed that using 60 grams of Zeolite 3A at 5mL/minute produced optimal adsorption. An adsorption experiment was designed for the Unit Operations II Laboratory at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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