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Distillation Columns

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Distillation columns, also known as fractionating columns or fractionation columns, are essential to the distillation of liquid mixtures. They assist in separating the mixture into its component parts based on volatility differences. Distillation columns are used for large-scale industrial applications, as well as smaller laboratory distillation projects.

Industrial Distillation Columns

Industrial processes utilize distillation columns when large quantities of liquids must be distilled. Distillation columns are used in everything from coal tar processing to the brewing of beer, though they are most commonly used in petroleum refinement. Industrial distillation is a common, but energy-intensive, separation process. In chemical plants, it typically accounts for up to 40% or more of the plant's total energy consumption. Industrial distillation columns are commonly large, vertical, cylindrical towers with diameters ranging from 65 centimeters to 6 meters, and heights from 6 meters to 60 meters or more. These distillation columns are usually operated continuously. Under most circumstances, the amoun