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Industrial Polymerization

Industrial Polymerization

5 days
PCH/INDPOLY-E
Sessions
This course is not scheduled.
Who should attend?

Audience

    • Graduate engineers and technical supervisory staff involved in polymer production units and R&D development.

Level

  • Foundation
  • This course gives to the participants a broader technical understanding of the processes and the products for polymerization industry.
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.
Course Content

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF PETROCHEMICAL & POLYMER BUSINESS

1 day

  • Risk management in the polymer industry.
  • Upstream of petrochemicals.
  • Mass balance of the world petrochemical industry.
  • Pricing mechanisms.

CATALYTIC SYSTEMS USED FOR POLYOLEFINS PRODUCTION

1 day

  • 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

2 days

  • 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) 1 day

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