Practical Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering

THE WORKSHOP

This workshop aims to cover the fundamental concepts of chemical engineering and provide you with a solid working knowledge associated with it. If you are a non-chemical engineer this workshop will enable you to confidently talk to and work effectively with chemical engineers and process equipment. Many technical professionals today find themselves working with large-scale chemical processes even-though they do not have formal training in chemical engineering.

This workshop intends to fill this gap and provide you with this knowledge in the chemical engineering fundamentals and the ability to apply this knowledge to specify, design, operate, maintain and trouble-shoot chemical processes.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Receive a certificate of attendance in support of your continuing professional commitment
  • All workshops include the associated hardcopy technical manual
  • Printed workshop handouts
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Interact and network with workshop attendees and experienced instructors
  • Practical, industry driven content to assist you in your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Attendees automatically become IDC subscribers and receive exclusive deals and technical content every month

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This workshop will be appropriate for the following professionals:

  • Chemical plant operator
  • Chemists
  • Civil engineers
  • Control and instrumentation engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Environmental engineers
  • Environmental technicians
  • Food scientists
  • Industrial engineers
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Maintenance engineers
  • Maintenance supervisors
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Plastics and material engineers
  • Process development engineers
  • Shift tradespeoples

     

CONTENT SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION: THE CHEMICAL PROCESS UNDERSTANDING A PROCESS FLOW SHEET

  • Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs)
  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Process legends used in flow sheets

STOICHIOMETRY

  • Dimensions and units
  • Processes and process variable
  • Process data representation and analysis
  • Basic chemical calculations
  • Material and energy balance
  • Combustion

FLUID MECHANICS

  • Fluid statics and its applications
  • Fluid-flow phenomena
  • Basic equations and fluid flow
  • Flow of incompressible fluids in conduits and thin layers
  • Flow of compressible fluids
  • Flow past immersed bodies
  • Transportation and metering of fluids
  • Agitation and mixing

HEAT TRANSFER AND ITS APPLICATIONS

  • Heat transfer by conduction in solids
  • Principles of heat flow in fluids
  • Heat transfer to fluids with and without phase change
  • Radiation heat transfer
  • Heat-exchange applications
  • Evaporation

MASS TRANSFER AND ITS APPLICATIONS

  • Equilibrium-stage operation
  • Distillation
  • Leaching and extraction
  • Introduction to multi component distillation
  • Principles of diffusion and mass transfer between phases
  • Gas absorption
  • Humidification operations
  • Adsorption
  • Drying of solids

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS

  • Fundamental quantities
  • First law of thermodynamics
  • Volumetric properties of pure fluids
  • Heat effects
  • Second law of thermodynamics
  • Thermodynamic properties of fluids
  • Thermodynamic properties of homogenous mixtures
  • Phase equilibria
  • Chemical reaction equilibrium
  • Thermodynamics of flow processes
  • Conversion of heat into work by power cycles
  • Refrigeration and liquefaction
  • Thermodynamic analysis of processes

CHEMICAL KINETICS

  • Basic definitions
  • Kinetics of homogenous reactions
  • Interpretation of batch reactor data
  • Introduction to reactor design
  • Single ideal reactors
  • Design for single reactions
  • Design for multiple reactions
  • Temperature and pressure effects
  • Non ideal flow
  • Mixing of fluids  
  • Introduction to design for heterogeneous reacting systems
  • Fluid - particle reactions
  • Fluid - fluid reactions
  • Solid - catalyst reactions
  • Reactivating catalysts

PROCESS EQUIPMENT DESIGN

  • Design considerations
  • Storage vessels
  • Pressure vessels
  • Reactors
  • Heat exchangers
  • Evaporators and crystallisers
  • Distillation and fractionation equipments
  • Agitators
  • Filters
  • Dryers
  • Process hazards and safety measures
  • Fundamentals of computer aided design

PROCESS CONTROL AND INSTRUMENTATION

  • Quantities of measurement
  • Process instrumentation
  • Temperature
  • Pressure
  • Level
  • Flow

PROCESS ECONOMICS

  • Investment and profitability
  • Accounting and cost control
  • Manufacturing - cost estimation
  • Fixed and capital cost estimation

PRACTICAL SESSIONS:

There are twelve practical design sessions throughout the workshop.

  • Simple physical reaction
  • Simple chemical reaction
  • Ideal gas law: how temperature changes in gases can cause pressure changes in gases
  • Simple heat transfer: how heat flows from high temperature to low temperature
  • Change in density of boiling fluids: boiling fluid has a lower density than a non-boiling fluid
  • Pressure of two different density liquids: lower density fluid needs a greater height to create the same pressure gradient as a higher density fluid
  • Natural convection evaporation: how evaporation of a fluid below its boiling point can occur, and how it cools
  • Sublimation: how some components can go from vapour to solid without making a liquid
  • Simple mass transfer: how a concentration driving force works, and to see the effect of temperature
  • Density: how a density can change buoyancy
  • Endothermic reaction: how a chemical reaction can lower temperature
  • Exothermic reaction: how a chemical reaction can raise temperature

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