Industrial PolymerizationPCH/INDPOLY-E

Who should attend?

  • This course gives to the participants a broader technical understanding of the processes and the products for polymerization industry.
Audience :
  • Graduate engineers and technical supervisory staff involved in polymer production units and R&D development.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF PETROCHEMICAL & POLYMER BUSINESS

      • Risk management in the polymer industry.
      • Upstream of petrochemicals.
      • Mass balance of the world petrochemical industry.
      • Pricing mechanisms.
  • CATALYTIC SYSTEMS USED FOR POLYOLEFINS PRODUCTION

      • Review of the various types of catalytic systems for polyolefins.
      • Mass and heat transfer in the heterophasic polymerization of polyolefins.
      • Multigrain model of the growing particles and variations around this model.
  • POLYMERS & POLYOEFINS

      • Various polymer families: commodities, engineering, high performance polymers.
      • Polyolefins: HPPE, catalytic PE and PP and their exceptional growth (diversity, adaptability).
      • Project management in petrochemical industry. Patent strategy. Staging of projects. Order of magnitude of investment cost for polyolefins. Economic analysis.
      • Polymers and environment. Is their development sustainable? How do they contribute to energy savings? Life cycle analysis. Bio polymers.
      • Conclusion on methodology of polymer development.
      • Catalytic polymerization of propylene: Ziegler Natta or Metallocene catalysts.
      • Various types of polypropylene applications: fibers, injection, BOPP…
      • Various processes: technology and operating parameters.
      • Importance of residence time distribution. Heterophasic copolymers. The Spherizone example.
      • Main industrial problems encountered in polymerization plants, with many examples from polyolefins (specifically polypropylene) plants.
      • Polymer finishing. Extrusion. Storage. Logistics. Supply chain.
      • Wrap-up of the four-day lecture.
  • VISIT OF PETROCHEMICAL SITE (if possible)

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:
  • increase knowledge of the reaction mechanisms involved in polyolefins production,
  • get an in-depth review of the technico-economic framework of the polyolefins production units.

Ways & Means

  • Detailed course material.
  • Pictures/videos of main equipment and samples.