In the production of soya bean oil, the oil is extracted from the original beans using hexane as solvent.

| February 14, 2018

In the production of soya bean oil, the oil is extracted from the original beans using hexane as solvent. The soya beans contain 12% w/w oil, the rest being insoluble bean waste. 500 kg min–1 of soya beans are to be extracted. The bean waste leaving the process (known as raffinate) contains 0.5% w/w oil and 2% w/w hexane. The extract is 22% w/w oil and the rest is hexane. No bean waste leaves with the extract. The extract is then passed to a distillation …

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