Operation of a Chemical Production Unit


Who should attend?

  • This course provides the know-how for an autonomous job position in the operation and maintenance of chemical production units, such as polymerization, fertilizers, chlorine, etc.
Public :
  • Operating or maintenance technical staff in chemical production facilities.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content


      • Process flow scheme of the unit: raw material storage zone, reaction section, finishing zone.
      • Main operating conditions: temperature, pressure, flow rates, composition, etc.
      • Process control.

      • Composition of the feed, characteristics of the effluents - Nature and role of the reactants; role of the recycle if any.
      • Chemical and physical characteristics of the chemical reaction: thermal effect, complete or incomplete, kinetics, catalyst role if pertinent.
      • Catalyst nature and effect, loading, poisons, ageing, regeneration, etc.

      • Reactor type (mixed or piston type), internal devices, mixers, cooling system and temperature control.
      • Recycling system: pumps, compressors, flashes, filters, etc.
      • Safety mechanical devices, SIS, short stop if pertinent.

      • Mass balance, heat balance.
      • Operating parameters and impact on yields and purity, by-products and purification operations if pertinent.
      • Advanced operation: yields and related modifications, selectivity and impacting parameters, feed composition.
      • Reaction cycle: duration, parameters profiles as a function of time.
      • Operation of the downstream fractionation and purification units.

      • Nature and origins of disturbances: consequences, diagnostic, solutions.
      • Specific safety measures around the reactor.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand the role of chemical reactions and reactants in the production process,
  • learn about the operating constraints induced by the chemical reactions implemented in a production unit,
  • grasp the impact of operating conditions on the production facilities' output.

Ways & Means

  • Content may be customized for a particular process if information is provided in advance.
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