Chapter 2. Where Fractionation Goes Wrong

  1. Henry Z. Kister

Published Online: 25 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780471690726.ch2

Distillation Troubleshooting

Distillation Troubleshooting

How to Cite

Kister, H. Z. (2006) Where Fractionation Goes Wrong, in Distillation Troubleshooting, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780471690726.ch2

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471467441

Online ISBN: 9780471690726



  • fractionation;
  • distillation malfunctions;
  • intermediate-component accumulation;
  • liquid phase;
  • reflux


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • No Reflux, No Separation

  • Heavier Feedstock Impedes Stripping

  • Poor H2S Removal from Naphtha Hydrotreater Stripper

  • Heavies Accumulation Interrupts Boil-Up

  • Interreboiler Drives Tower to a Pinch

  • Temperature Multiplicity in Multicomponent Distillation

  • Composition Profiles are Key to Multicomponent Distillation

  • Composition Profile Plot Troubleshoots Multicomponent Separation

  • Water Accumulation Causes Corrosion in Chlorinated Hyrocarbon Tower

  • Hiccups in a Reboiled Deethanizer Absorber

  • Water Accumulation in Reboiled Deethanizer Absorber

  • Water Accumulation and Hiccups in a Refluxed Gas Plant Deethanizer

  • Hiccups in a Coker Debutanizer

  • Hiccups in a Solvent Recovery Column

  • Three-Phase Distillation Calculations and Trapped Components

  • Hiccups in an Ammonia Stripper

  • Excess Preheat Leads to Hiccups

  • Recycling Causes Water Trapping

  • Impurity Buildup in Ethanol Tower

  • Interreboiler Induces Stubborn Hydrates in a C2 Splitter

  • Siphoning in Decanter Outlet Pipes

  • Hiccups in Azeotropic Distillation Tower

  • Hiccups in an Extractive Distillation Tower