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Distillation in Practice

Course Number: ELA112
Course Description: This course covers all essential distillation concepts likely to be faced by process support, operations, and design engineering personnel. It covers vapor liquid equilibrium, process design, column operation, and simulation issues, along with specification and selection of hardware.
Type of Course: Self-paced, on-demand.
Length of Course: 20 hours.
What You’ll Learn: This course fully explains all essential distillation concepts and includes equations. You will gain an excellent understanding of the fundamentals of distillation including vapor liquid equilibrium; the practice of distillation including types of column design, and advanced topics like troubleshooting.

Course Content Fundamentals: Vapor Liquid Equilibrium; Stages and Transfer Units. Course Content Practice: General Column Design; Tray Column Design; Packed Column Design; Other Devices; Efficiency. Course Content Advanced Topics: Scale Up; Start-up and Troubleshooting; Enhanced Distillation.
Who Should Attend: You should attend if you are an engineer or chemist who must troubleshoot and solve difficult distillation problems in the plant, or conceptualize difficult distillation problems in the engineering office or laboratory. Ideal for both veterans and those with only a few years’ experience, the course addresses all essential distillation concepts and is especially beneficial to process support, operations, and design engineers.
Professional Development Hours Awarded: 20 
Continuing Education Units: 2.0
Your Instructors: James R. Fair, Jose Bravo and John P. Farone
About Your Instructors: John P. Farone is a Distillation Consultant with over 40 years of industry experience in process separations, process simulation, and equipment design. He specializes in the practical design and operation of trayed and packed distillation towers and their internals. Farone is an independent consultant to Fractionation Research Inc. (FRI) and the Separations Research Program (SRP) at The University of Texas at Austin. He also currently serves as a consultant providing expertise to the chemical and other industrial processes. He teaches a Distillation in Practice Course and has taught many courses throughout the years to many young as well as experienced engineers over his engineering career. He retired in 2004 from The Dow Chemical Company after 36 years of process engineering specializing in the areas of distillation and stripping. Farone holds a BSChE and MSChE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida.
Acknowledgment. The content and material of much of the digital version of this eLearning course was originally developed by James R. Fair, John P. Farone, and Jose Bravo. AIChE is grateful for their contributions.
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