Project Synopsis

Provide a preliminary process design (Front End Engineering Design – FEED) for a new process in a batch specialty metals production facility.

Project Summary


The client owns and operates a batch specialty metal manufacturing facility which produces a specialty metal used primarily in electronics devices.  Process Engineering Associates, LLC (PROCESS) was contracted to design a new process that would produce the major intermediate chemical for the existing facility from processed ore.  The major steps in this process are dissolution of the processed ore, reaction, crystallization, and drying.

Major project tasks included preparing:

  • Batch system mass and energy balances
  • Process flow diagrams (PFDs)
  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Equipment sizing calculations.


In addition, PROCESS reviewed the final equipment arrangement drawings (prepared by a detail engineering firm) for consistency with the process design.

Industry Type

  • Metals Production from Processed Minerals

Utilized Skills

  • FEED study
  • Preliminary process design