Petroleum Technology in a Green Environment



Elements of Applied Process Engineering & Practical Technology
(Process Engineering Fundamentals)


Course Title
Elements of Applied Process Engineering & Practical Technology (Process Engineering Fundamentals)

Course Date/ Venue
September 16-20, 2006/Bateen Meeting Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Course Reference

Course Duration / Deliverables
Five days of interactive instruction with numerous case studies and a CD with solved problems, worksheets, and short cut techniques

Course Description
This course covers the application of chemical engineering theory to the practical demands of applied process engineering. The course will be presented in interactive format with many industrial examples and case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to solve sample problems with the help of the professor.

The first part of the course will cover the basics of unit operations and the development of an effective process. Topics included are the preparation of process flow diagrams (PFDs) and P&IDs. These diagrams represent the organization and control of equipment in a chemical plant or refinery.

This is followed by the calculation of material flows and the concept of a material balance. Included are techniques on the sizing and evaluation of piping networks (including pipe segments, fittings, parallel piping systems, valves and controls equipment). Pressure drop calculations are presented for a variety of systems - ordinary Newtonian liquids, vapors and mixed phase systems, reacting systems, packed beds and fluidized beds.

Next, the design and evaluation of major fluid flow equipment is presented. This includes pumps (all types) and compressors as well as fans, vacuum pumps, ejectors and eductors. The associated drivers for these machines are discussed, especially steam turbines and the steam-power cycle found in all petrochemical plants and refineries.

The materials portion of the course is followed by a presentation on energy balances and heat transfer equipment. Refrigeration energy balance, compressor selection, and power requirements are covered. Focus is on the cycles typically found in refineries and petrochemical plants, including cascaded and open systems.

In the next section of the class, materials of construction (MOC) are discussed and selection guidelines presented. Finally, heat transfer equipment selection, design and rating are discussed.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will have the ability to understand and prepare PFDs and P&IDs, perform material/heat balance and fluid flow calculations. Participants will also be able to design, rate and select the major process equipment which a cc ounts for most of the capital investment in refineries and petrochemical plants. During the class, participants will be given detailed procedures and worksheets for performing the appropriate calculations. Many of the examples have been developed on EXCEL; these programs will be given to the participants on a CD. The tools provided should aid in the design and operation of chemical systems.

Who Should Attend
This course is appropriate for process and project engineers as well as piping designers. The course will also be valuable as a refresher for experienced chemical engineers and those who are not familiar with some aspects of applied process engineering. Additionally, managers and supervisors who have no formal training in chemical engineering should find value in this course.

Course Certificate
Petrolab Engineering certificate will be issued to all attendees completing minimum of 75% of the total tuition hours of the course.

Course Fee
US $ 2,950 per Delegate. This rate includes Participant's Pack (Folder, Manual, Hand-outs, etc.), buffet lunch, coffee/tea on arrival, morning & afternoon of each day.

Accommodation is not included in course fees. However, any accommodation required can be arranged by Petrolab Engineering at the time of booking

Course Instructor
Mr. Izak Labuschagne ... More

Course Coordinator
Ms. Maribel Mañego: Tel: +971-2-6277405, Fax: +971-2-6277407, Email:

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