In addition to the composition of the distillate and/or residue or group of residues, product properties such as smell and colour are also relevant for many applications. Likewise, possible effects that may occur during evaporation, such as foaming or fouling on the heat transfer surface, must be taken into account. The latter cannot be determined or estimated theoretically, but require the possibility of a visual evaluation of the evaporation process. This can best be implemented in glass plants from COROSYS, which can be individually assembled on the basis of a modular system.
Once the basic feasibility has been established, the process parameters for the design of a production plant shall be verified, i.e. heat transfer and maximum area-related evaporation rates or applicatory number of stages as well as the achievable yields and qualities shall be determined. For this purpose, COROSYS has a standardized series of pilot plants made of stainless steel (optionally also special materials) in various sizes and designs to choose from.
For new evaporation or distillation tasks, COROSYS offers in-house services ranging from literature research, thermodynamic simulations and laboratory tests to piloting of single systems or combinations of falling film (EFF), thin film (ETF) and short film evaporators (ESF), if necessary also in combination with rectification (ERF, ERT).
The main objectives and possibilities of preliminary studies/test distillations as well as laboratory and pilot plants are summarized in the following table: