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Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering



This program considers the areas of chemical engineering that are most commonly encountered and will provide an understanding of the fundamentals to the non-specialist, and a refresher to practicing engineers, with examples that will be drawn from a range of process industries including oil and gas processing, petrochemicals, chemical manufacturing.

Program Objectives:

At the end of this program the participants will be able to:

  • Learn how to interpret flowsheets and process flow diagrams.

  • Understand the use of mass and energy balances in process design.

  • Gain a basic understanding of fluid flow, including pumping and mixing.

  • Study examples relevant to the oil and gas industry.

  • Design a heat exchanger and understand the advantages/disadvantages of different types.

  • Understand distillation and separations used in oil and gas processing.

  • Appreciate the need to control environmental pollution from industry.

  • Learn how to control processes and perform basic economic analysis of a project.

Targeted Audience:

  • Petrochemical Engineers.

  • Chemical Engineers.

  • Plant Engineers.

  • Consulting Engineers.

  • Engineering Managers.

  • Maintenance Engineers/Technicians.

  • Project Engineers.

  • Process Control Engineers.

Program Outlines:

Unit 1:

Process Engineering Fundamentals:

  • Basic Concepts to remember ans Flow diagrams.

  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs).

  • Process equipment.

  • Introduction to mass and energy balances.

  • Batch VS Continuous.

  • Risk Assessments and Hazard Studies.

  • Flammability and Electrical Area Classification.

Unit 2:

Fluid Flow:

  • Introduction to Thermodynamics.

  • Pressure and Head.

  • Bernoulli’s Theorem.

  • Flow of Liquids.

  • Compressible flow.

  • Reynolds number and pressure drop in pipes.

  • Principle of process relief devices and process design of relief systems.

  • Pumps, compressors, mixing, and mixers overview.

Unit 3:

Heat Transfer:

  • Thermal conductivity.

  • Conduction and convection.

  • Insulation.

  • Heat transfer coefficients.

  • Heat exchangers, type and sizing.

  • Chemical reactions and Reaction kinetics.

  • Introduction to catalysis and Green Chemistry.

Unit 4:

Introduction To Separation Processes:

  • Distillation basics.

  • Phase behavior and vapor/liquid equilibria.

  • Distillation Equipment and Troubleshooting.

  • Gas/Liquid separation and Solid Liquid separation.

  • Absorption and adsorption.

  • Air and water pollution control.

  • Effluent treatment.

Unit 5: Process Control & Economics Basics:

  • Measured variables and process utilities overview.

  • Simple feedback control principles.

  • SIS (Safety Instrumented Systems) and SIL (Safety Integrity Level).

  • Process utilities including air, water, cooling water, and steam.

  • Electricity and power generation in process industries.

  • Process economics and preliminary economic analysis.

  • Understanding fixed and variable costs, break-even analysis.

  • Techniques for calculating raw material usage, scale-up considerations, and estimating the cost of process equipment and plants.

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