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This workshop adds to the knowledge and skills of operators and other personnel who are responsible for the distillation process.

Course Outline
After participating in the workshop, you will be able to:
• Improve product recoveries, purities and energy utilization in your distillation system with the clear understanding from this workshop of the distillation principles
• Develop valuable practical insights for start up and shutdown of distillation operation
• Gain confidence in the operation, control and troubleshooting of a distillation column and its associated equipment
• Contribute to profitability of your company having understood the essential distillation concepts, the fundamental knowledge of distillation column controls and an introduction to dynamic simulation software

Description The profitability and reliability of a company depends on the understanding of the business’ key components by all its employees. Therefore, training and development of employees is an investment in future success. It is by combining the skills of trained and knowledgeable employees with effective processes and state-of-the-art technology that practical solutions are developed, companies maximize profits and build assets in a sustainable manner.

A key component of the processing industries is the energy cost. Distillation, being an inherently energy intensive process and a major contributor to the costs, well-trained technical personnel who understand operating and troubleshooting of a distillation column can achieve effective energy savings  that can go a long way to maximize profits. Not only this is true for an existing distillation system but also true for a new distillation system where cost savings can be achieved by improving the efficiency of operations by correct equipment selection, process optimization and control. This workshop adds to the knowledge and skills of operators and other personnel who are responsible for the distillation process.

Objective To provide an understanding of key concepts and develop skills for operating and troubleshooting a distillation system, with an introduction to dynamic simulation software.

Who Should Attend • Plant Operators / Support Engineers
• Engineers /Chemists working with Distillation Operations
• Technical Process engineers doing process design and optimization projects
• R&D engineers and researchers using process simulators for process synthesis, upgrade or modifications.
• Ideal for veterans and those with only a few years of experience who want to review or broaden their understanding of process safety.
• Other professionals who desire a better understanding of the subject

Program Outline Day 1
Session 1

• Introduction
• The components of a distillation system
• Differences among batch, flash, and multistage distillation process
• Relative advantages of tray and packed columns
• Economics of distillation control
• Degrees of freedom analysis

Session 2
• Fundamentals of process control
• Process value, set point and controller output
• Direct acting and reverse acting process
• Direct acting and reverse acting controller
• PID algorithm
• Explanation of gain, reset rate and derivative time
• Workshop
• Demo on a dynamic simulation model
• Tank model with Flow and level control
• Dynamic response to load and set point changes
• Effect of change in controller tuning

Day II Session 1
• Advanced process control
• Cascade control
• Feed forward control
• Inferential control
• Auctioneering control
• Override control
• Lead lag control
• Three element BFW control
• Case Study: Various control strategies for temperature control for a fired heater

Session 2
• Functions of process control
• Characteristics of a continuous process
• Select appropriate composition and column pressure control schemes
• Process settings during column operation
• Typical controlled and manipulated process variables
• Level, pressure, composition, temperature, flow
• Workshop
• Demo on a dynamic simulation model
• Column response to load and set point changes

Day III Session 1
• Effect of various parameters on controller Stability and Performance
• Controller performance criteria
• Final control elements, control algorithms
• Open and closed loop tuning strategies
• Characteristics of towers
• Single-ended/Double–ended composition control
• Complex tower configurations

Session 2
• Controlling tops composition in distillation
• Reflux rate, reflux ratio, distillate rate
• Distillation column control examples
• Pressure, overheads rate and composition
• Pressure, bottoms rate and composition
• Pressure, bottoms rate and overhead composition, with partial condenser
• Pressure, overhead rate and bottoms composition
• Pressure, bottoms rate, overhead rate and composition

Day IV Session 1
• Workshop
• Startup of a distillation column -debutanizer
• Shutdown of a distillation column -debutanizer

Session 2
Response to emergency situations like cooling water failure and power loss

Question and Answer Session

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session

Daily Schedule:
8:00          Registration and coffee (first day only)
8:30          Session begins
4:30          Adjournment

Jimi Bhatt is a Chemical Engineer with an MBA degree and over ten years experience in refining and chemical industry. His expertise spans across steady state and dynamic simulation, real time performance monitoring, development and implementation of Advanced planning and scheduling tools. Jimi currently heads the Advanced Solutions Group at Ingenious Inc with a team of 15 chemical engineers. Jimi has led and managed several major training simulator and engineering projects and is well conversant with leading Process Simulation packages like ChemCAD, Hysys, Aspen, Petro-SIM and PRO-II. He has conducted many courses on modeling, simulation and optimization for leading companies like PETRONAS, Reliance, National Research and Development Centre, etc. He is also lectures at the B.V. College of Engineering on Modeling, Simulation and Process Control to the final year engineering students.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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