Process plants, such as refineries and petrochemical plants, are complex facilities consisting of equipment, piping systems, instruments, electrical systems, electronics, computers, and control systems. The design, engineering, and construction of process plants involve a multidisciplinary team effort.
Process design, plant layout, and design of piping systems constitute a significant part of the engineering effort. The objective is to design safe and dependable processing facilities cost-effectively.
This course provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills in the disciplines of chemical engineering and plant design to facilitate faster learning curves while on the job. Upon completion of this course, you will have a clear understanding of the design and engineering principles used in the design of process plants.
The course is composed of 12 modules, covering the fundamental principles and concepts used in process design and plant design.
Module 1: Introduction to Chemical Engineering
The role of a chemical engineer
Module 2: Introduction to Process Drawings
Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs)
Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)
Module 3: Mass and Energy Balances
Units and dimensions
Module 4: Thermodynamics
Ideal Gas Law
I and II Laws
Applications to pumps, turbines, and compressors
Module 5: Fluid Mechanics
Laminar and turbulent flows
Pump sizing and performance curves
Layout and piping for pumps
Module 6: Process Control and Instrumentation
The need for process control
Feedforward and feedback control loops
Basics of Advanced Process Control (APC)
Module 7: Heat Transfer
Principles of conduction
Convection and radiation
Heat exchanger datasheet
Layout and piping for heat exchangers
Module 8: Materials and Materials Specifications for Piping and Equipment
Module 9: Principles of Mass Transfer
Layout and piping for a distillation unit
Module 10: Introduction to Chemical Engineering II
Drawings and documents used in plant design
Module 11: Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
Layout and piping for reactors
Module 12: Piping Systems Components
To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars. Detailed summaries/notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance. In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes. If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.
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Kobus Harmse has worked in several roles at Sasol in the chemical engineering area ranging from the ammonia business to ultra-high purity hydrogen and solvents.
You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.
Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.
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