The laboratory module aims to transmit to the students the skills of the management of chemical plants on a continuous pilot scale and in the related data processing and process simulation, in particular the distillation and absorption operations.
At the end of the course the students will acquire the basic knowledge for the experimental management of continuous separation and thermodynamic equilibrium equipments, with regards to basic operation, analytical procedures and instrumental control. They will also acquire the concepts for the collection and processing of data for the verification of mass and energy balances and the determination of the main chemical-physical parameters involved. Finally, they will be able to use the basic functions of a commercial simulation software for plants
The following experiences will be carried out in the laboratory:
Exercise 1: Measure the vapor pressure of a liquid at different temperatures
Exercise 2: Collection of liquid / vapor equilibrium data of a binary mixture in an isobaric condition
Exercise 3: Conducting continuous multi-trays distillation column
Exercise 4: Conduction of an absorption column with different ratios of liquid / gas flow rates
Excercise 5: Visit and exercize on a virtual plant of Crude Distillation Unit by a ITS (Immersive Training Sistem)
Data processing and process simulation will also be carried out for all experiences.
Knowledge of Physical Chemistry (thermodynamics and kinetics) and of transport phenomena.
- V. Ragaini, C. Pirola, "Processi di Separazione nell'Industria Chimica", Hoepli
- Slides discussed and explained during lessons
- Laboratory notes (available)
Students will carry out practical exercises in groups of 3-4 people. At the end of the laboratory, each group will have to prepare a written report, with the collected results and numerical and simulation elaborations explained in class. Each student will then have to have an oral examination. In this exam, the knowledge of the experimental plants and procedures, of the numerical elaborations and of the process simulation will be verified.
Language of instruction
Mandatory only for laboratory activities
Mode of teaching