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Operation of a Chemical Production Unit

Operation of a Chemical Production Unit

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

Audience

    • Operating or maintenance technicians, operating staff in chemical production facilities.

Level

  • Foundation
  • 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.
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.
Course Content

MAIN SECTIONS OF THE UNIT

0.25 day

  • 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.

CHEMICAL BACKGROUND

0.5 day

  • 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.

EQUIPMENT

0.25 day

  • 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.

ANALYSIS OF OPERATING CONDITIONS

0.5 day

  • 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.

OPERATION & DISTURBANCES

0.5 day

  • Nature and origins of disturbances: consequences, diagnostic, parades.
  • Specific safety measures around the reactor.
Ways & Means
  • Content may be customized for a particular process if information is provided at least one month in advance.