The Reversible Separation of Multicomponent Mixtures

  • J. F. Grunberg
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 2)


In the chapter on “Fundamental Concepts” of his “Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics,” Professor Barnett F. Dodge has clearly emphasized the importance of the concept of the Reversible Process:

The reversible process is one that gives the maximum accomplishment i.e., yields the greatest amount of work or requires the least work to bring about a given change. It tells us the maximum efficiency toward which we may strive but which we never expect to equal. Without such an absolute standard or yardstick, the attempts of engineers to improve processes would be purely shots in the dark with no goal at which to aim. With the reversible process as our standard, we know at once whether an actual process is already highly efficient or whether it is very inefficient and therefore capable of considerable improvement.


Reversible Process Volatile Component Multicomponent Mixture Vapor Flow Reflux Ratio 
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  1. 1.
    Dodge, B. F., Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, McGraw Hill Book Co., In. (1944).Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, Inc., New York 1960

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. F. Grunberg
    • 1
  1. 1.L’Air LiquideCanada

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