Tips & Tools From Paul Martin

Program Manager and Senior Technical Fellow at Zeton

Pilot Plants: Strategies to Enhance Design-Build Quality

May 29, 2017

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Caution should be used in the application of corporate engineering standards for components, materials, and methods of construction to pilot-plant projects. The application of inappropriate standards or the misapplication of standards can result in unnecessary cost and schedule delays without improving the quality of the pilot plant in a meaningful way. In fact, the inappropriate...

The Design/Build Approach and Modular Construction

May 15, 2017

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The development timescale for the design, fabrication, and commissioning of a new pilot plant is characteristically much shorter than that for the commercial facility, and the commercial pressure to meet these tight schedules can be enormous. However, the technical and financial risk of carrying out an inadequate pilot program or skipping the pilot step entirely...

Scaling Up- Or Down

May 1, 2017

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A good pilot-plant design must balance the need for physical and equipment similarity to the commercial process with the other goals of the pilot-plant program. Careful and creative design is necessary to ensure that the equipment will continue to work reliably...

Simply Your Pilot Plant

April 17, 2017

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Unnecessary complexity leads to unnecessary delay and increased costs, money that is better spent on additional training for operators or more campaigns. Indeed, the labour costs of installation and testing, procurement, and engineering...

Choosing Materials of Construction for Pilot Plant Equipment and Piping

April 4, 2017

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If you are in new process territory and corrosion service is a known risk, you cannot trust the charts or the experts. A corrosion metallurgist needs to know more about the composition and other conditions of each stream than you likely know at the outset of a pilot plant design project in order...

Choosing the Design Point for Pilot Plant Equipment

March 20, 2017

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For an established process, choosing the temperature and pressure ratings of equipment is a relatively straightforward exercise. However, choosing the maximum operating pressure and temperature combination for major pieces of equipment in a pilot plant is much more...

Design Inputs for Pilot Plants: Lab Data and Simulations

March 6, 2017

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When developing an equipment design project, it is best to start with a fully developed process flow diagram with a complete mass and energy balance evaluated at the desired operating point. Unfortunately, one of the purposes of most pilot-plant projects is to provide that very data for...

The Uniqueness of the Pilot Scale

February 21, 2017

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I recall a talk given by an invited speaker that I attended during my post-graduate work during a break from slaving away in the lab doing kinetic experiments related to a new commercial hydrogenation catalyst. The speaker boasted about how rich we chemical engineers were with meaningful mathematical models for the processes we worked with: “With computing power becoming...