Chapter 11. Tower Assembly Mishaps: Number 5 on the Top 10 Malfunctions

  1. Henry Z. Kister

Published Online: 25 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780471690726.ch11

Distillation Troubleshooting

Distillation Troubleshooting

How to Cite

Kister, H. Z. (2006) Tower Assembly Mishaps: Number 5 on the Top 10 Malfunctions, in Distillation Troubleshooting, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780471690726.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 APR 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471467441

Online ISBN: 9780471690726



  • tower assembly mishaps;
  • distillation malfunctions;
  • improper tightening;
  • blanking;
  • directional valve installation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Should Valve Floats be Removed Before Blanking?

  • Directional Valve Installation

  • Can Picket Fence Weirs Cause Early Flooding?

  • Inspecting Seal Pans is a Must

  • A Good Simulation Leads to Open Manways

  • Lube Oil Vacuum Tower Problem

  • Debris in Liquid Distributor Causes Entrainment

  • Poor Random Packing Installation Loses Capacity, Fractionation

  • Coming to Grips with Random Packing Handling

  • Structured Packing Installation

  • Correct Feed Into Parting Boxes

  • Inverted Chimney Hats

  • Problems with Fabrication and Installation of Packing Liquid Distributors

  • One Heat Exchanger Causing Problems in Two Towers

  • Liquid Leg in Vent Line Leads to Tower Upset

  • Is Your Cooling Water Flowing Backward?