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Course Description

Process Design Fundamentals (PDF) - Virtual

Course Overview

By remote video-conferencing using Microsoft Teams, this course delivers practical insights into the principles of process design. It features a review of chemical engineering unit operations, discussion of design and performance characteristics of commonly-used equipment and case studies that deliver a broad perspective of the subject as well as an understanding of industrial engineering practices. Course content includes shortcut techniques, practical approaches to engineering problem solving, “rules-of-thumb” and guidelines that can be put into practice when participants return to their jobs. Teamwork is encouraged through collaboration on exercises, sharing work experiences and leveraging skills and knowledge.

Optionally, the UniSim® process simulator can be incorporated to give students hands-on experience modeling refinery processes. Students use the simulator to apply the principles of thermodynamics, distillation and column design learned during the lecture portion of the class.

This course will be conducted by remote virtual instructor-led conferencing that will meet in 2 hours increments DATES Monday - Thursday. The sessions will be at 10 AM – 12:00 Noon and 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central Standard Time each day. 1 week prior to the start of the course, we will provide the Teams meeting link via E-mail.

This class is typically conducted one time a year.

This course is not scheduled, please contact us at here for more information.

Who Should Attend

Chemical engineers with less than two years of experience in the hydrocarbon processing industries; engineers transferring from allied industries (e.g., chemicals, power, and other industries that employ continuous processing techniques); engineers returning to the workplace who need a refresher on process design principles.

The course will be of particular benefit to those engineers who are responsible for rating the performance of existing equipment and systems at new processing conditions, conducting revamps, determining and specifying equipment, and auditing the work of third party design engineers.

Students should have a level of competency commensurate with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.


The Course Duration is (in Days): 5 – Conducted over two consecutive weeks.

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All prices are net of taxes.

The Course Duration is (in Days): 8.0

Course Benefits

  • Systematically assess hydraulic circuits
  • Critique third party designs
  • Demonstrate competency in line sizing
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of existing equipment under new processing conditions
  • Set up and solve heat and material balances
  • Generate requirements and equipment data sheets for new equipment
  • Save time and money by attending online lectures from your home or office

Course Topics

  • Pumps and compressors
  • Column sizing
  • Multi-component fractionation - process principles and parametric analysis techniques
  • Line sizing/hydraulics
  • Heat exchangers (shell and tube, air coolers)
  • Relieving systems
  • Fired heaters
  • Applied thermodynamics and process modeling

Supplemental Offerings

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