SPCH 029 : Polymer Reaction Engineering

SPCH 029 : Polymer Reaction Engineering

  • course description:

    This course provides the trainee with the fundamental knowledge for thermodynamics and kinetics of polymerization and their role in understanding the advantages and disadvantages of various polymerization techniques (e.g. solution, emulsion, suspension) and selection of suitable processes (batch, continuous) and reactor (e.g. loop reactor, fluidized/ fixed/ moving bed reactors) for certain polymers, especially for polyolefins.

  • course learning outcomes:

    At the end of the course, the participants will be able to;
    - Recognize the exothermic nature of polyolefins polymerization & the safety aspects for heat control inside polymerization reactors.
    - Recall the concepts of the rate of chemical reaction.
    Distinguish between the kinetics of condensation and addition polymerization systems.
    - List different polymerization technologies available for production of different polymers.
    - Classify the types of polymerization reactors with respect to batch or continuous processes.
    - Apply the thermodynamics and kinetic data for designing polymerization reactors for new polymerization process.

  • Course outlines:

    - Introduction of chemical reaction engineering.
    - Thermodynamics and kinetics of polymerization reactions.
    - Principles of chemical reactor design.
    - Safety concerns in polymerization plants.
    - Types of reactors.
    - Types of polymerization technologies for condensation and addition polymers.
    - Factors affect the polymer conversion.
    - Ceiling temperature.
    - Auto-acceleration and gel effect.
    - Runaway polymerization.

  • practical aspects of the course:

    - Preparation of polyvinyl acetate by emulsion polymerization.
    - Determination of heat of polymerization under adiabatic conditions using batch reactor.
    - Demonstration of auto-acceleration effect and gel effect.
    - Demonstration of interfacial and precipitation polymerizations.

  • who should attend?

    - Production managers/ supervisors.
    - Chemical and polymer engineers with diploma or BSc degree.
    - Process/design engineer.
    - R&D engineer.
    - Process operator.
    - Supervisors in the production area.

  • duration:

    5 Days


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