Optimal Operation of a Concentrator

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Undergraduate Journal of Mathematical Modeling: One + Two, Vol: 4, Issue: 1

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Stine, Katrina
University of South Florida Libraries
Evaporator; Cycle Time; Minimum cost; Mathematics
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Concentrators are used in the industrial world to remove water from a chemical or substance by heating the liquid until the water evaporates thereby concentrating the remaining substance. The goal of this project is to find the optimum cycle time, number of cycles per year, and the heating element area that would minimize the total annual cost and hours of operation of an industrial concentrator. It was found that the specified concentrator would achieve a minimum total cost of $48,720.50 per year and take 993.8 hours to meet the production goal of evaporating one million kilograms of water.