File Exchange

image thumbnail

GUI for distillation columns: McCabe and Thiele Method.

version 1.4 (9.42 KB) by

GUI tool for estimating the theoretical number of plates of a distillation column

23 Ratings



View License

This GUI uses a constant relative volatility (alpha) to estimate the equilibrium curve. From there, the GUI uses the "McCabe and Thiele Graphical Method" to estimate the ideal number of plates in the column.

A reference is provided in the GUI: look in Help/About.

Comments, suggestions or bugs, please write to

Comments and Ratings (26)

José Vado


Marwan (view profile)

I get an error with this; the window that opens is of a small size and I don't really see all the button except for one, because the rest are all cropped out. It seems like it's zoomed in too much in my case. Any way to fix it? Thanks


Sergio (view profile)



Sergio (view profile)

Miguel Arriola

Javier Gomez

Simply Exellent

Yo Yung

good tool!

Morne Booysen

nice and easy

Rodrigo Soto

Parece que los señores anónimos que evaluaron la función negativamente, no saben ni usan MATLAB. Una pena el poco aporte constructivo. Para mí ha sido una excelente adición al FileExchange. Aparte de estar muy bien programada. Gracias por compartir.

ali safety

safetyali mohamed

ali safety

Rodrigo Diaz

Un programa muy bien hecho y util. Gracias por compartirlo.

? ??

? ??

Freddy Fuentes

Excelent for homework

Gustavo Tapia

Felipe Soto

Muy útil y buena herramienta. Gracias.


Claudio Gelmi

New error checks were incorporated in the GUI. Thanks for pointing that out.

javad tamam

it fail without error if compositions is grater than unity(1)

Zhuoyang Lian

Excellent work. Not an easy work Claudio :)

Mary S.

Thanks! Excellent for mass transfer homeworks!!

César Sáez

Excellent tool. Very useful to the college teaching.

Jorge Gaete

Excellent tool. Easy to use with a great visual interface.

Swapnil G

Great tool for teaching distilation



- Help's information.


- A better way of detecting non-feasible distillations was incorporated. Thanks Jakub Kopáč.

- New error checks were incorporated (e.g., molar fraction and feed quality).
- The "Help text box" was programmed in a more efficient way.

MATLAB Release
MATLAB 7.1.0 (R14SP3)

MATLAB Online Live Editor Challenge

Win cash prizes and have your live script featured on our website

Learn more

Download apps, toolboxes, and other File Exchange content using Add-On Explorer in MATLAB.

» Watch video