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Chemical Engineering for Non Chemical Engineers

Classroom based course with study materials, lecturer support and CPD Hours included

London Training For Excellence


£4,200 inc VAT
Study method
5 days · Self-paced
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students

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This programme identifies the areas of chemical engineering that are most commonly encountered by the non-specialist with examples that will be drawn from a range of process industries including oil and gas processing, petrochemicals, chemical manufacturing. Objectives In this programme you will: Learn to interpret flow sheets and process flow diagrams Develop and understand mass and energy balances in process design Learn about fluid flow, pumps and compressors, and mixing Discuss heat transfer equipment and their design, including heat exchangers Understand distillation and separations used in oil and gas processing Discuss effluent minimization and treatment Learn how to control processes Perform a basic economic analysis of a project Understand the safety and environmental responsibility on process engineers


Day 1 – Process Engineering Fundamentals

  • Introduction
  • Basic concepts to remember
  • Flow diagrams
  • Piping and Instrumental Diagrams (P&ID’s)
  • Process equipment
  • Introduction to mass and energy balances
  • Batch vs. Continuous
  • Risk assessments and hazard studies
  • Workshop session

Day 2 – Fluid Flow

  • Pressure and head
  • Bernoulli’s Theorem
  • Flow of liquids
  • Reynolds number, pressure drop in pipes
  • Compressible flow
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics
  • Two-phase and Multi-phase flow
  • Pumps and compressors
  • Mixing and mixers
  • Workshop session

Day 3 – Heat Transfer

  • Thermal conductivity
  • Conduction and convection
  • Insulation
  • Heat transfer coefficients
  • Heat exchangers, type and sizing
  • Chemical reactions
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Introduction to catalysis
  • Workshop session

Day 4 – Introduction to Separation Processes

  • Distillation basics
  • Phase behavior and vapors/liquid equilibrium
  • Gas/liquid separation
  • Absorption and adsorption
  • Solid liquid and separation
  • Air and water pollution control
  • Workshop session

Day 5 – Process Control Basics

  • Measured variables
  • Simple feedback control
  • Process utilities
  • Air
  • Water and cooling water
  • Steam
  • Electricity and power generation
  • Process economics
  • Preliminary economic analysis
  • Fixed and variable costs, break even
  • Calculating raw materials usage
  • Scale up and six tenths rule


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