Polymers

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A subset of the petrochemical industry, polymers have played an increasingly important role in our society since their advent in the early 1900s. As more and more types of polymers have been developed, their utility, versatility, and cost effectiveness have made them into one of the most widely used chemical groups in history. PROCESS has the expertise in process design to help ensure your new process or facility will be cost effective and will operate efficiently and reliably.

PROCESS can provide preliminary design packages; mass and energy balances; complete process design packages with equipment specifications; capital and operating cost estimates; and any number of other process engineering products.

We have worked on a broad range of continuous chemical projects for many years, and that breadth allows us to rapidly respond to our client's needs with quality engineering information. A few of the project categories completed many times by PROCESS include:

  • Pre-FEED (Front End Engineering Design) Studies, FEED Packages, and FEED Verification Services
  • Greenfield/Brownfield Plant Design
  • Continuous Process Scale-up
  • Capacity Evaluations
  • Process Debottlenecking
  • Process Troubleshooting
  • Chemical Recovery System Design
  • Process Simulation
  • Operations Evaluation
  • Utilities Systems Evaluation
  • Flare System Studies
  • Relief Valve Sizing Validation
  • Waste Treatment System Design
  • and more....

Our Clients

Most polymer processes start with an oil derivative precursor such as ethane gas. Thermal cracking and polymerization occur most typically using any number of different licensed reactor and catalyst technologies. In the end the long chain polymers emerge to ultimately be molded, spun, or otherwise shaped into many different forms and products.

Many facilities operate on a very large scale to reap the efficiencies of size. However, many specialized polymers are produced on a much smaller scale. PROCESS can assist in either case. For licensed technology units we can provide the initial technologies alternatives evaluation. After technology selection has been made, PROCESS can provide preliminary process design studies and ultimately balance of plant design, utilities optimization, etc.

In specialty polymer production such as bioplastics, PROCESS can provide critically important feasibility engineering evaluations to help identify gaps in the technology pathway or confirm a process is technically ready to enter the commercialization phase. Complete demonstration scale plant designs can be provided and are scaled-up from laboratory or pilot test results. We design the process from the fundamentals up and utilize the expertise of our client, specialized equipment manufacturers, or technology licensors to help ensure the process we design will perform at an optimum level.

View a list of our Polymers/Rubber/Paints/Coatings Related Projects here.

 

 

PROCESS is able to use our knowledge of process design to formulate a logical design basis, perform a feasibility study, provide a detailed process design, and ultimately assist the client in operations startup. We are also able to help clients with a variety of process safety management issues through the use of our process engineering talent.

 

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