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an introduction
Copyright 1997-2016 by M.T. Tham
Types of Columns
Basic Equipment and Operation
Distillation Principles
Vapour Liquid Equilibria
Distillation Column Design
Effects of the Number of Trays or Stages
Factors Affecting Operation
Other Resources
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Costello Distillation


There are a number of designs of reboilers. It is beyond the scope of this set of introductory notes to delve into their design principles. However, they can be regarded as heat-exchangers that are required to transfer enough energy to bring the liquid at the bottom of the column to boiling boint. The following are examples of typical reboiler types.
Kettle reboiler
Kettle reboiler

Photo courtesy of Brian Kennedy

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Thermosyphon reboiler
Heat Exchanger Tube bundle
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(photo courtesy of Paul Phillips)
Heat Exchanger Tube Bundle
Tube bundle
(photo courtesy of Paul Phillips)
Heat Exchanger Tube Sheet
(photo courtesy of Paul Phillips)
Fitting Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger
Fitting a Shell & Tube Heat Exchanger
(photo courtesy of Paul Phillips)


A novel development in reboiler design is the self-cleaning shell-and-tube heat exchangers by Klaren International for applications where heat exchange surfaces are prone to fouling by the process fluid. Particles are introduced into the process stream and these produce a scouring action on the heat exchange surfaces. An example is shown in the diagram on the left. [Click on it to find out more]

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