Describe the structure of the 'water condenser' used in the process of distillation. Why is water circulated through the condenser during distillation?

Asked by Topperlearning User | 8th May, 2014, 08:45: AM

Expert Answer:

The water condenser used in the process of distillation is a long glass tube surrounded by a wider glass tube (called water jacket) having an inlet and outlet for water.

During distillation, cold water from tap is circulated through the outer tube of condenser. This water takes away heat from the hot vapour passing through the inner tube of condenser and causes its condensation.

Answered by  | 8th May, 2014, 10:45: AM