The project focusses on the design of an industrial process (f.e., in 2021 this was the Methyl-Tert-Butyl (MTBE) process and the Propylene Oxide-t-butyl alcohol (PO-TBA) process at LyondellBasell Rotterdam). The processes are selected in accordance with the company to be able to visit the process and present our results to the staff. In 2021 this was due to Corona an online visit via Teams. A project team consists of 3-4 students. The project is finalized with a report and an individual oral exam.|
The project combines knowledge obtained in previous modules e.g.:
Chemistry (reaction equations, reaction mechanism)
Mass & energy balances
Kinetics and catalysis
Distillation column design
Within the project this knowledge is extended on:
Estimation of properties, additional information collection, design of two or three selected unit operations, process control, industrial safety (two guest lectures) and process economics.
The calculations will be done in Excel (mass & energy balances) and Matlab (reactor design).
Two excursions are scheduled:
One-day excursion to the Safety lab of Nouryon, Deventer with lectures and demonstrations
One or two day excursion to the company involved to visit the investigated process.
In 2021 both were online visits.