Archived: Chemical Engineering: What Scientists and other Engineers need to know

A 3-day course delivered by Britest Ltd in conjunction with Scientific Update

Date: 30 April - 02 May 2019

Location: Manchester, UK

Tutors: Dr Mark Talford, Dr Charles M Gordon, Mr Robert Peeling

R&D scientists are often at a disadvantage when working in process research and development because of their lack of knowledge about the basic principles of chemical engineering, and the impact of decisions regarding process yield and selectivity on up- and downstream operations. Other branches of engineering face a similar disadvantage when considering the whole process.

This course has been developed, and is presented, by chemical engineers and chemists who specialise in facilitating knowledge transfer and understanding between different scientific and engineering disciplines working at the R&D-manufacturing interface. As a result, it does not dwell on the derivation of mathematical formulae or equations used in chemical engineering design, but instead focuses on what other disciplines need to know about the information and data that chemical engineers require for design, scale-up and process troubleshooting.

Chemical engineering without mathematics is impossible, but this course presents only relevant mathematics at a level that should not trouble anyone with a numerate scientific degree.   Other disciplines do not need to know how to design plants or equipment and this course does not attempt to teach this. The course focuses on understanding chemical engineering principles to promote clear communication between disciplines, facilitating information and knowledge transfer.

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Course Outline

Introduction to chemical engineering

  • What do some chemical engineers do?
  • Dimensionless groups
  • Process representations and their uses
  • Conservation of mass and material balances
  • Conservation of energy and energy balances

Flow of fluids

  • Basics of fluid behaviour
  • Fluid properties
  • Flow measurement
  • Reynolds number
  • Pressure drop in pipes
  • Types of pump and pump selection
  • Applications of mixing
  • Types of agitators
  • Mixing regimes and their effects on process
  • Solid-liquid and gas-liquid mixing

Heat transfer

  • Fundamentals of conduction and convection, heat transfer coefficients
  • Types of heat transfer equipment
  • Heat transfer in batch vessels
  • Evaporation
  • Joule-Thomson effect
  • Humidity and drying, dryer design

Mass transfer and separation processes

  • Introduction to mass transfer
  • Phase equilibria
  • Mass transfer coefficients
  • Introduction to column contactors
  • Gas absorption
  • Distillation
  • Solvent extraction processes and equipment

Reaction engineering

  • Reaction engineering principles
  • Simple approaches to reactor design and selection

Introduction to process safety

  • Principles of intrinsic and inherent safety
  • Electrostatics
  • Dust explosions
  • Pressure relief
  • Instrumented protection.

Course Objectives

Chemists, biologists and engineers regularly interact and collaborate in process R&D projects. For effective team working they should each understand the needs and objectives of the other disciplines.

This course gives scientists and other engineering disciplines an introduction to the main aspects of chemical engineering science that will help them realise the importance of the subject. It introduces and describes core principles of chemical engineering and how process technologists can provide data and information to support the chemical engineers in their work. The course will help other process technologists appreciate the role of chemical engineers and assist in understanding their requirements.

The course will equip process technologists with a sufficient understanding of chemical engineering to foster better communication with chemical and process engineers. It will enable delegates to be aware of the impact of chemical engineering principles on successful scale-up and process problem solving.  The principle aim is that delegates will be able to discuss chemical engineering issues affecting their processes and relate them to their own areas of expertise.

What's Included

The course fee includes:

  • comprehensive course manual
  • coffee/tea refreshments breaks throughout each day
  • buffet lunch each day
  • course certificate


2018 Delegate

Course topic was very interesting and definitely made me reconsider how to think or consider things from now on. Also will help me to understand my colleagues and their views better.

2018 Delegate

Very good course, covering important fundamentals of chem engineering and relates them to practical applications useful as introduction to subject, as well as a refresher.