Calculate Heat Transfer To Crystallizer


An aqueous solution of sodium acetate (20.0 mol% NaC2H3O2) flows at a rate of 100 kg/h into an evaporative crystallizer at 60°C. When the solution is exposed to the low pressure in the evaporator 16.9% of the water evaporates, concentrating the remaining solution and causing crystals of sodium acetate trihydrate (NaC2H3O2.3H2O) to form. The product is an equilibrium mixture of crystals and a saturated aqueous solution containing 15.4 mol% NaC2H3O2. The effluents (crystals, solution, and water vapor) are all at 50°C.

Estimate the rate at which heat must be transferred to or from the crystallizer (state which), using the following physical property data:

Cp, all solutions = 3.5 kJ/(kg °C)

Cp, crystals = 1.2 kJ/(kg °C)

Cp, H2O(v) = 32.4 kJ/(kmol °C)

ΔĤv,H2O = 4.39 x 104 kJ/kmol

Heat of solution of anhydrous sodium acetate: ΔĤs(25 °C) = -1.71 x 104 kJ/kmol NaC2H3O2

Heat of Hydration: NaC2H3O2(s) + 3 H2O (l) à NaC2H3O2.3H2O (s) ΔĤ(25 °C) = -3.66 x 104 kJ/kmol NaC2H3O2



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