Process plants such as refineries and petrochemical plants are complex facilities consisting of equipment, piping systems, instruments, electrical systems, electronics, computers and control systems. The design, engineering and construction of process plants involves multidisciplinary team effort. Process design, plant layout and design of piping systems constitute a major part of the design and engineering effort. The objective is to design safe and dependable processing facilities in a cost effective manner. There are few formal training programs with a comprehensive coverage of all three major topics of process design, plant layout and design of piping systems. Therefore, most of the required skills are acquired while on the job, reducing productivity and efficiency.

This course provides you with the basic knowledge and skills in the disciplines of chemical engineering and plant design to facilitate faster learning curves while on the job. It covers the fundamental principles and concepts used in process design and plant design. Upon completion of this course, you will have a clear understanding of the design and engineering principles used in the design of process plants.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Fundamentals of chemical engineering
  • Simple process calculations including mass and energy balances
  • Develop Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs)
  • Contribute to process design activities
  • Simple specifications of pumps and heat exchangers
  • Mass transfer phenomena
  • Process drawings and link them to plant operation
  • Apply safety guidelines to a process or chemical plant
  • Basic chemical engineering jargon and terminology
  • Plant layout fundamentals and procedures
  • Terminology and symbols used in plant layout
  • Equipment used in process plants
  • Piping design and engineering principles
  • Terminology, symbols and abbreviations in piping design
  • Documents (bill of materials, equipment specifications) and drawings (PFDs P&IDs) used in plant layout and piping design
  • 3D modeling

Course Outline

MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO PROCESS PLANT LAYOUT AND PIPING DESIGN

  • Fundamental concepts
  • Design tasks
  • Procedures and the workflow methods
  • Physical quantities and units used in design

MODULE 2: INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING I

  • Unit operations
  • Unit processes
  • Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs)

MODULE 3: MASS AND ENERGY BALANCES

  • Physical quantities
  • Units and dimensions
  • Process stoichiometry
  • Mass balances
  • Energy balances

MODULE 4: THERMODYNAMICS

  • Ideal Gas Law
  • I and II Laws
  • Applications to pumps, turbines and compressors
  • Vapor - liquid equilibrium

MODULE 5: FLUID MECHANICS

  • Continuity equation
  • Velocity
  • Laminar and turbulent flows
  • Friction factor
  • Pressure drop
  • Pump sizing and performance curves
  • Pump data sheet
  • Flow meters
  • Layout and piping for pumps

MODULE 6: HEAT TRANSFER

  • Principles of conduction
  • Convection and radiation
  • Heat exchangers
  • Heat exchanger data sheet
  • Layout and piping for heat exchangers

MODULE 7: PRINCIPLES OF MASS TRANSFER

  • Distillation
  • Absorption
  • Evaporation
  • Layout and piping for a distillation unit

MODULE 8: CHEMICAL KINETICS AND REACTOR DESIGN

  • Chemical reactors
  • Reactor design
  • Layout and piping for reactors

MODULE 9: PROCESS CONTROL AND INSTRUMENTATION

  • The need for process control
  • Feedforward and feedback control loops
  • Basics of Advanced Process Control (APC)

MODULE 10: MATERIALS AND MATERIALS SPECIFICATIONS FOR PIPING AND EQUIPMENT

  • Pipes
  • Fittings
  • Flanges
  • Valves

MODULE 11:INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING II

  • Plot Plans
  • 3-D Models
  • Drawings and documents used in plant design

MODULE 12: PIPING SYSTEM COMPONENTS

  • Process safety
  • Process economics

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