Current Course Offerings

Houston, Texas
28-29-30 October, 2019

Our newest course offering is currently open for registration. As noted above we will hold it from 29-30 October in Houston, most likely at the Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria (we will confirm this shortly).  All sessions include case studies where the concepts covered in the lectures are applied to real situations in laboratory and industrial scales. The lectures are designed in such a way that both beginners and specialists can benefit from the course.  Electronic (pdf) copies of presentations will be supplied prior to the course to allow participants to follow the lectures, as will copies of the education software developed by the instructors. The provisional course contents are listed below, and a pdf file can be found here: PRE Houston 2019.

The course fee is 3500 $ for industrial participants, 1750 $ for students. Special discounts exist for two or more participants from the same institution who register at the same time (please contact us to arrange group rates).  The registration form can be downloaded at:  2019 PRE Houston Registration Form.  Registration for the course includes breakfast, a group lunch for networking, morning and afternoon breaks, and a copy of the notes and software.  Participants are responsible for their own accommodations.  Upon registration, we will provide you with a link to reserve your rooms at a preferential rate.

Introduction to Polyolefins
Polyolefin types
Polymerization reactor types

Catalysts for Olefin Polymerization
Rapid review of catalyst and cocatalysts types
Summary of insertion mechanism
Catalyst supports
Catalyst characterization

Industrial Reactors and Processes
Quick look at LDPE process
Focus on Slurry, Gas phase and mixed phase processes

Principles of Mathematical Modelling
Population balances
Method of instantaneous distributions
Monte Carlo simulation

Polymerization with Single-Site Catalysts
Molecular weight distribution
Chemical composition distribution
Long chain branch distribution

Particle growth, morphology and modelling
Particle fragmentation – theory and reality
Morphology models and particle growth
Mass and heat transfer
Polymeric flow and multigrain models

Polyolefin Microstructural Characterization
Gel permeation chromatography
Fractionation Techniques

Parameter Estimation for Kinetic Models
Homopolymerization models
Copolymerization models
Effect of impurities on productivity and molecular weight

Polymerization with Multiple-Site Catalysts
MWD and CCD deconvolution
Mathematical models for TREF and CRYSTAF

Steady-State and Dynamic Simulation of Industrial Reactors in Series
Simulation of CSTRs in series
Residence time distribution effects
Particle size distribution effects

Differential Commodity Polyolefins
Chain walking and late transition metal catalysts
Production of thermoplastic elastomers via heterogeneous long chain branching
Production of linear-block olefin copolymers

Condensed Mode Operation and Thermodynamics
Solubility and diffusion in multicomponent systems
Impact on rates, properties and reactor operation