Polymer Reaction Engineering


Who should attend?

  • This course provides a better understanding of the highlights of polymer reaction engineering.
Audience :
  • Process, project and technology engineers whishing to improve their technical knowledge.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content


      • Main characteristics of polymerization reaction: reaction enthalpy, polymerization initiation and termination.
      • Polymer structure - Configuration - 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

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.

Ways & Means

  • Applications and case studies organized in small groups, based on typical situations encountered in the normal or abnormal operation of these units.