Distillation Design Procedures

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Separating chemical mixtures is an essential step in many chemical production and related industrial processes. Distillation—one of the most common methods for separating chemicals—uses heat to separate chemicals based on their relative volatilities. When the mixture is heated the countercurrent flow of the liquid and vapor establishes a concentration gradient in the distillation column. Depending […]

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Solvent Recovery at Pharmaceutical and Chemical Production Plants

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The recovery and reuse of solvents used in the production processes at pharmaceutical, chemical, petrochemical, and medical device manufacturing facilities are an important consideration when evaluating a plant’s overall efficiency and profitability. Recovery and reuse of organic solvents offers a two-fold benefit: waste elimination costs and reduced chemical costs. Distillation is one of the most […]


Thin Stillage Evaporation

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What Is Thin Stillage? Thin stillage evaporation concentrates a process stream consisting of water and dissolved solids. The process is most common in the ethanol industry, with the dissolved solids coming from the corn used to make ethanol. Undissolved solids typically have already been removed using a centrifuge. A stream that consists of both dissolved […]


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What You Need to Know About Distillation

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Distillation is an essential separation process used across a broad range of sectors including the food and beverage, petrochemical, specialty chemicals, pharmaceutical, water treatment, and agriculture industries. Distillation involves separating two or more components or substances from a liquid mixture based on the variance in their boiling points. Depending on the industry, the distillation process […]


Understanding the Components of a Fuel Ethanol Plant

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Environmentally conscious consumers demand greener products. This has driven increased interests in a wide variety of sustainable alternatives to products we use every day. Green vehicles – such as hybrids or alternative fuel vehicles – represent some of the most visible alternatives this trend has produced to date. The rise of green vehicles has by […]


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Common Uses and Applications for Evaporators

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As the name suggests, evaporators are devices that cause a material to evaporate, or enter its gaseous state. Because of their broad range of practical uses, they can be found in a variety of applications, ranging from agriculture to waste management. To illustrate the versatility of these essential devices, we’ll briefly walk you through some […]


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A Chemical Industry Case Study

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The team at Thermal Kinetics handles projects across a wide range of industries; from metal processing and pharmaceutical to food processing and renewable fuels. To illustrate Thermal Kinetics’ capabilities for the chemical industry, we’ve outlined a relevant case study below. GS Caltex Acid Recovery Unit In 2015, GS Caltex, which is jointly owned by GS […]


Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Development & Deployment

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The Thermal Kinetics team is excited to be attending the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) on Development & Deployment. The annual event takes place February 28-March 2, 2018 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. In addition to attending the conference, Thermal Kinetics is a proud sponsor of ABLC, which offers 5 connected conferences on […]

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Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next Generation Technologies

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Thermal Kinetics is a proud sponsor of the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next Generation Technologies (ABLC NEXT). This year’s event takes place on October 16-18th at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, CA. ABLC NEXT is a connected series of five conferences on the most significant issues currently happening in the Bioeconomy. The conferences are: […]

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Understanding DD&E

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Fuel Ethanol Processing:  Understanding Distillation, Dehydration, and Evaporation (DD&E) Distillation, dehydration, and evaporation systems, often referred to simply as DD&E, are the cornerstones of nearly every standard dry mill ethanol plant.  Although they’re often energy-intensive, DD&E systems serve as indispensable central processing areas for fuel ethanol production. Fuel ethanol production traditionally begins with beer, used […]

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