Applied Separations - Evaporation and Adsorption | AIChE

Applied Separations - Evaporation and Adsorption

Gain a practical understanding of evaporators and adsorption columns used in chemical engineering unit operations and processes.

In this online course, you’ll discover how heat transfer occurs in evaporators, evaporator mass and energy balances, sizing calculations, and different types of evaporation equipment. You’ll identify energy-saving strategies such as multiple effect evaporation and vapor recompression. In addition, you’ll compare types of evaporators - the advantages, disadvantages and suitable applications of each.

Explore adsorption equilibrium, fixed bed operation and the mass transfer zone concept. You’ll delve into calculation of breakthrough capacity and efficiency of adsorbent usage, absorber design and scale-up considerations. This course also covers activated carbon, the most widely used adsorbent, including types of carbon, design of carbon-handling equipment, regeneration options and factors affecting performance.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the functioning of evaporators including: how heat transfer occurs in evaporators, how to size an evaporator for a given application, and how physical properties such as viscosity and boiling point elevation effect evaporator performance.

  • Describe the principles, advantages and disadvantages of the various types of evaporators, including batch, short and long tube vertical, forced circulation, plate and agitated thin film evaporators, and select the right type for a given application.
  • Describe how to apply energy saving strategies such as multiple effect evaporation and vapor recompression.

  • Identify strategies for selecting the best adsorbent, including various types of activated carbon, polymeric adsorbents, and zeolite molecular sieves, for a given adsorption challenge.

  • Analyze equipment used in industrial processes for activated carbon adsorption, including not only the adsorber itself but also regeneration equipment.

  • Explain how to optimize process conditions for maximum performance of activated carbon and polymeric adsorbents.

  • Discuss concepts relevant to ion exchange including: the various types of ion exchange resins, how to predict ion exchange resin performance using equilibrium calculations, and ion exchange process flow diagrams.

  • Describe the use of zeolite molecular sieves for separation of molecules that are only slightly different in size or polarity.

Who Should Attend:

Chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, chemical process scientists, chemical technologists and technical managers who work in design, development scale-up, operations, troubleshooting or process improvement. It will be beneficial to those in all industries, including bulk and specialty chemicals, petroleum, food and flavors.

  • Introduction
  • Important Considerations
  • Heat Transfer in Evaporators
  • Evaporator Mass and Energy Balances
  • Boiling Point Elevation
  • Example: NaOH Concentration
  • Batch Evaporators
  • Short Tube Vertical Evaporators
  • Film Evaporators
  • Long Tube Vertical Evaporators
  • Forced Circulation Evaporators
  • Multiple Effect Evaporators
  • Vacuum Sources
  • Other Energy-Saving Strategies
  • Plate Evaporators

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