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Polymer Reaction Engineering

Polymer Reaction Engineering

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

Audience

    • Process, project and technology engineers whishing to improve their technical knowledge.

Level

  • Proficiency
  • This course provides a better understanding of the highlights of polymer reaction engineering.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:
  • have a global knowledge of polymer science (structure, conformation and characterization),
  • describe the polymer reaction engineering (product by process, differences with small molecule processes),
  • understand the underlying motivations and constraints encountered in developing processes for the productions of commodity polymers,
  • describe the different sections after the production of solid particle.
Course Content

POLYMER CHEMISTRY & CHARACTERIZATION

2 days

  • Main characteristics of polymerization reaction: reaction enthalpy, polymerization initiation and termination.
  • Polymer structure - Conformation - Properties relationships.
  • Polymer characteristics and morphology.
  • Characterization methods relevant to industrial polymerization: molecular weight distribution, melt index, intrinsic viscosity, nuclear magnetic resonance, gel permeation chromatography, light scattering.

POLYMER REACTION ENGINEERING

1 day

  • Definition of polymer reaction engineering.
  • Place of the reactor in the whole process.
  • Chain growth versus step growth polymerization.
  • Comparison of bulk, solution, suspension, emulsion polymerizations, examples for each one.
  • Case study: PE gas phase production in fluidized bed reactors: operation and troubleshooting.

POLYMER PRODUCT & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

2 days

  • Particulate operations and equipment, characterization of individual particles.
  • Rheology of powders.
  • Fluidization, fluidized bed.
  • Centrifugal operations.
  • Classifiers, scrubbers, filtration, sedimentation, drying, devolatilization.
  • Pneumatic conveying, cause of fines generation, electrization.
  • Twin screw extruders, static mixers, granulation, cyclones, elutriation, mixing silos.
  • Elutriation, conveyors, cyclones, silos, bag filters.
  • Examples of industrial applications.
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