In Conceptual Process Design (CPD) a first design of a petrochemical or biochemical plant is made based on preliminary research data and ideas. The outcome is the selection and combination of process steps, which determines the overall technical and economic feasibility. Also, the CPD effort identifies knowledge gaps and sets the targets for further R&D. Generally, CPD efforts are relatively small, but the impact on the final plant design and costs are significant. When structured conceptual process design is successfully applied at an early R&D stage, cost and energy savings of 20 to 50% can be realized and the development time can be shortened.
This course introduces structured methodologies for CPD and covers the essential elements needed to develop a CPD. At the end of the course participants will be familiar with these aspects, which include the development of a flowsheet, selection and design of reaction and separation technologies, and generation of an equipment factored (class 4) cost estimate. The course includes several real-life examples and exercises.