Chemical Engineering – Solids Handling

€ 845 excl. VAT
1 day

Get an overview of crystallization and liquid-solid separation mechanisms, separation types and their optimization. With the latest developments for design and application.

Sedimentation and drying

In industry a lot of equipment is used for settling, sedimentation, and centrifugal separation operations. During these processes the forces acting on the particles can be used to separate and classify solids of different particle sizes.

In (food-)industry the process of freeze-drying and of sterilization are used in biological applications. The thermal process time for sterilization makes use of death-rate kinetics. Almost all chemical and food industries make use of crystallization and particle size reduction is often required.

To develop a fundamental understanding of crystallization and fluid-solid separation engineering: this goal will be achieved by solving crystallization and fluid-solid separation engineering problems trough reasoning.

Insight and knowledge of processing solids

The following topics are discussed:

  • Explain why settling and sedimentation processes are different from filtration and provide examples of applications for settling, sedimentation, and centrifugal separation processes.
  • Calculate the terminal velocity and drag coefficient for a single falling particle in different flow regimes
  • Explain the overall process of drying and provide examples of industrial applications and list different types of drying equipment and explain how they work.
  • Calculate the humidity (moisture content) of an air-water vapor using vapor-pressure data, a humidity chart, and the wet bulb temperature.
  • Describe how crystallization is a solid–liquid separation process and the different methods by which particle size reduction may occur.
  • Calculate the energy and power associated with particle size reduction.
  • Identify the seven classes of crystals in terms of axes and angles.
  • Describe how heat and energy can affect the crystallization process and lead to different types of crystallizers used in industry.
  • Calculate crystal growth rates and growth coefficients and the yield from a crystallization process.

During the course:

  • An overview of different crystallization and fluid-solid separation mechanism is offered;
  • A diverse series of crystallization and fluid-solid separation types is treated;
  • Optimization of crystallization and fluid-solid separation types is allocated;
  • The newest developments on crystallization and fluid-solid separation design and application will be dealt with.

After the course:

  • You understand the influence of a good crystallization and fluid-solid separation design on the products and the separation;
  • You know what the important factors are that influence the process;
  • You have an over view of available types of separation processes;
  • You can optimize existing processes.

Intended for
The course is meant for engineers, technologists, designers with a chemical, process, technological or mechanical background on bachelor or master level.

Within the program you can take six other courses. View them all on the page Chemical Engineering.

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drs. ir. Johan Krop

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