A mixture of 55 wt% methyl acetate and 45 wt% methanol at a flow rate of 16,500 kg/h is to be separated into one product of 99.5 wt% methyl acetate and another product of 99 wt% methanol. It has been suggested that such a separation might be possible by using a sequence of one homogeneous azeotropic distillation column and one ordinary distillation column. Possible entrainers are n-hexane, cyclohexane, and toluene. Determine the feasibility of such a sequence. If feasible, prepare a process design. If not feasible, suggest an alternative process and prove its feasibility.
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