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Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers


This course 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. In this course 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 basic economic analysis of a project
  • Understand the safety and environmental responsibility on process engineers


By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn to interpret flow sheets and process flow diagrams
  • Understand the use of mass and energy balances in process design
  • Gain a basic understanding of fluid flow, including pumping and mixing
  • Study examples relevant to the oil and gas industry
  • Design a heat exchanger and know the advantages and disadvantages of different types
  • Understand distillation and separations used in oil and gas processing
  • Appreciate the need to control environmental pollution from industry
  • Learn how to control processes
  • Perform a basic economic analysis of a project

Target Audience

All those working in the chemical, petrochemical, oil and process industries with a need to understand and discuss issues with the chemical engineering specialists

These will include geo-scientists, petroleum engineers, production engineers, trainee process engineers, R and D chemists, plant chemists, plant operators, and economists

Chemical Engineering Outline

The course covers the following topics:

Process Engineering Fundamentals

  • Introduction
  • Basic Concepts to remember
  • Flow diagrams
  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams
  • Process equipment
  • Introduction to mass and energy balances
  • Batch VS Continuous
  • Risk Assessments and Hazard Studies
  • Workshop Session

Fluid Flow

  • Pressure and Head
  • Bernoulli’s Theorem
  • Flow of Liquids
  • Reynolds number, the pressure drop in pipes
  • Compressible flow
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics
  • Two-phase and Multi-phase Flow
  • Pumps and Compressors
  • Mixing and Mixers
  • Workshop Session

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

Introduction to separation processes

  • Distillation basics
  • Phase behavior and vapor-liquid equilibria
  • Gas-Liquid Separation
  • Absorption and adsorption
  • Solid Liquid separation
  • Air and water pollution control
  • Workshop Session

Process Control, Utilities, and Economics

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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