What is fractional distillation? Fractional distillation is a method of separating miscible liquids using heat. This technique is used for the separation of liquids which dissolve in each other. Several simple distillations are completed during fractional distillation using only one apparatus. During the process a mixture is separated into several parts called fractions.
In a simple distillation, the solution is brought to a boil and the vapours rise into a stillhead that directs them into a condenser. The vapour is condensed to the liquid phase and collected. This method works well for solutions that are composed of liquids with vastly different boiling points. However, if the liquids are similar in boiling points, fractional distillation is the preferred method of separation. In this technique, vapours are forced to pass through a fractional distillation column before reaching the stillhead.
The type of used distillation depends on the nature of the liquid and the nature of impurities present in it. During this practical two types of distillation were performed: simple and fractional distillation. Simple distillation is the most basic kind of distillation process. It is
Methods of purification – Reflux and Distillation There are many ways of purification however reflux and distillation are two widely used methods. Having a similar apparatus makes it simple and easy to use both methods together. Heating under reflux allows a reaction mixture to be heated for a set amount of time without loss of products, reactants or solvent. Distillation is done to refine or isolate the substances from each other. When preparing an ester (an organic compound) the reactants are heated together under reflux so any material that evaporates is condensed and returned to the mixture.
Thanks to the boiling chips, the heat is evenly distributed within the flask, which permits a more controlled boil and eliminates the possibility of the liquid in the flask bumping into the condenser. The tedious distillation process is rather simple: the beverage evaporates in the distillation flask and, having no where else to go, enters the condensing tube, where it cools down and is converted back into liquid form. From there on, this liquid flows into the final container, a graduated cylinder [preferably in an ice bath]. The extracted distillate is otherwise known as ethanol, a clear, colorless, flammable liquid, produced through the process of glucose fermentation and frequently used as an intoxicating agent in liquors. In relation to a previous experiment in which the students determined the boiling points of two liquids, it was deduced that the boiling point of [propyl and methyl] alcohol was estimated to be around 80oC.
The experiment would have been unsuccessful if there was no ethanol obtained or if there was a very small yield of ethanol such as 5% or lower was obtained. A practical use for fractional distillation would be for purifying drinking water. Fractional distillation is the separation of a mixture into separate parts or fractions. Fractional distillation can separate the germs, bacteria and any impurities from the water. Once those are removed, the water will now be safe for human consumption.
Zeinab Ossaili - 7654795 Synthesis Lab – Experiment 1: Separation By Distillation The objective of this experiment is: • To use simple distillation to purify liquids. • To experience the limits of simple distillation when it comes to separations. • To use fractional distillation to separate mixtures of liquids. Method used: Distillation 1 – Distillation of an organic liquid containing a non-volatile coloured impurity • The distillation apparatus was assembled in regards to the instructions given and this was done by setting up the heating mantle followed by the round bottom flask, the reduction adapter, still head, thermometer adapter and finally the thermometer. • After the above was assembled the still head was connected to the condenser which had the tubing connected to allow water in and out.
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The mixture of the oil and excess solvent was poured into a weighed round bottomed flask. The flask was fitted to the rotary evaporator and immersed in the heating medium until all the mixture was totally immersed. The temperature of the rotary evaporator was set slightly above the boiling point of the solvent. Then, the mixture was rotated slowly to prevent the mixture to evaporate out from the instrument. The vacuum pump was switched on to suck the evaporated volatile solvent.