Experimental Study and Modeling of Essential Oil Extraction from Plants by Hydrodistillation

Hydrodistillation of essential oils from leaves of myrtle, rosemary, and sour orange was experimentally studied and the extraction process was modeled

Ahlem Haj Ammar

2014

Scholarcy highlights

  • Hydrodistillation of essential oils from leaves of myrtle, rosemary, and sour orange was experimentally studied and the extraction process was modeled
  • A mass balance was carried out over an assumed flat leave particle and the use of Fick's second law of diffusion led to the mass transfer equation
  • The model considered the effect of the main processing parameters on the overall essential oil extraction efficiency as well as the determination of the optimum conditions
  • The agreement seems to be reasonable, some refining of the model is necessary by taking into account both the diffusion and reaction contributions

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