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1 FRACTIONAL DISTILLATION ORG I LAB Dr. W. J. KELLY

2 THE BOILING POINT The Boiling Point is the temperature at which internal vapor pressure of the liquid is equal to the pressure exerted by its surroundings If the liquid is open to the atmosphere, the boiling point is the temperature at which the internal vapor pressure of the liquid becomes equal to atmospheric pressure (~760 mm Hg). The internal vapor pressure of a pure liquid rises steadily as the temperature is increased until the boiling point is reached. P  e -C/T The temperature remains constant throughout the boiling process of a pure liquid. At the boiling point, the liquid and vapor are in equilibrium...if the composition of each phase remains constant, the temperature will remain constant In a Distillation Process a liquid is heated to its boiling point, the vapors expand out of the container and are then cooled below the boiling point temperature, where they recondense as a liquid

3 THE TEMP/TIME RELATIONSHIP A thermometer placed in the vapor of a boiling pure liquid registers the liquids boiling point. pure liquid.The temperature remains constant throughout the boiling process of a pure liquid. At the boiling point, the liquid and vapor are in equilibrium...if the composition of each phase remains constant, the temperature will remain constant The temperature of a liquid mixture AB, where BP A

4 Raoult’s Law A BFor a mixture of two miscible liquids (A and B), the total vapor pressure is the sum of the individual vapor pressures: P total = P A + P B where P A = N A liquid x P˚ A And P B = N B liquid x P˚ B where P˚ A P˚ B P˚ A is the vapor pressure of pure A and P˚ B is the vapor pressure of pure B and N A liquid N B liquid N A liquid is the mole fraction of A and N B liquid is the mole fraction of B where N A liquid = moles A/moles A + BN B liquid = moles B/moles A +B N A liquid = moles A/moles A + B and N B liquid = moles B/moles A +B

5 Vapor Enrichment From Raoult’s Law we can obtain the following relationships: N A vapor = P˚ A /P T And N B vapor = P˚ B /P T AB AB P˚ A P˚ BIf A is more volatile than B, BP A P˚ B Then N A vapor > N A liquid THE VAPOR IS ENRICHED IN THE MORE VOLATILE (LOWER BOILING) COMPONENTThe result of this process is that when a mixture of two miscible liquids with different boiling points is heated,the vapor will have a different composition than the liquid. THE VAPOR IS ENRICHED IN THE MORE VOLATILE (LOWER BOILING) COMPONENT.

6 Distillation Process When a mixture AB of a specific composition is heated, the total vapor pressure (composed of the contributions of P A and P B ) will rise until it is equal to the external vapor pressure. The mixture will begin to boil. The vapor which first forms is enriched in the more volatile component. This behavior is shown at right, Assume a two component mixture with a composition of 30%A:70%B (point W). The boiling point of this mixture is found by drawing a vertical line from W to where it intersects the lower curve (point X). A horizontal line drawn from X to where it intersects the vertical axis (the temperature) gives the bp of composition W. From the point (Y) where this horizontal line intersects the upper curve (vapor) drop a vertical line to intersect the lower axis (the composition). Point Z gives the composition of the vapor which is in equilibrium with a liquid of composition W at its boiling point. Liquid-Vapor Composition Diagram

7 Fractional Distillation AB at composition of 5% A boils at temperature L 1 and the vapors with composition V 1 enter the column at that temperature. The vapor will condense to a liquid with composition V 1. The condensate L 2 has a lower boiling point (because it has more of the lower boiling liquid A) and will thus vaporize at a lower temperature (warmed up by coming in contact with the additional vapors from below) to give vapors of composition V 2. These vapors will condense somewhat farther up the column to give a condensate L 3. If the column is long enough or contains sufficient surface area that many successive vaporization- condensation steps (theoretical plates) can occur, the distillate that comes over the top is nearly pure A. Distillation yielding pure A continues until all of A is removed, after which the temperature at the thermometer rises to the boiling point of B.

8 Distillation Efficiency The efficiency of a fractional distillation is determined by the amount of “pure” liquid components obtained. Keep in mind that if a liquid is “pure” it will have a constant boiling point. The temperature of vapors in equilibrium with liquid at the boiling point will be constant. A plot of temperature vs. time for a pure liquid will look like A below. The efficiency of a fractional distillation can be demonstrated graphically by plotting the change in temperature of the distillate over time (or over volume of distillate, as in this experiment). In a fractional distillation with low efficiency, separation will be poor. There will be little or no “pure” component as distillate. The composition of the distillate will be constantly changing and the bp of the vapor in equilibrium with liquid will be constantly changing. It will give a plot such as B. An efficient distillation will give pure components which will have constant boiling points. Such a process is shown below in plot C. The relatively “flat: horizontal regions at the beginning and end of the plot indicate “pure” components A and B are obtained. The closer to this ideal sigmoid shape the better the fractional distillation.

9 Distillation Setups

10 Fractional Distillation Set-up

11 Proper Thermometer Depth


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