Webinar : Avoiding Incidents at Scale-up: Is Your Process Resistant Towards Maloperation?
This webinar discusses how to perform safe scale-up of chemical processes and includes a close examination of thermal risks and hazards.
Moderators: Francis Stoessel - Swiss Safety Institute
When scaling up a chemical process, the process not only leaves a research environment to enter into a more technical environment, but it is also performed at a larger scale, which strongly affects its behavior in terms of reproducibility. This is because technical equipment is subject to failure and operators are subject to human error. This may result in deviation from the intended conditions and lead into a critical situation even to loss of control.
It is essential to design the process in such a way that maloperations do not affect its safety or its economy. In order to achieve this objective, the design must not only be performed for nominal operating conditions, but also for deviations from these conditions. Such a design requires an appropriate methodology and specific process data. Here the search for deviations, as it is practiced in the frame of risk analysis, delivers a practical tool in asking questions like “What if?”.
The data required to answer such question can be obtained from dedicated experiments using calorimetric and thermo analytical methods. These experimental techniques allow studying the process under deviating conditions, but require a strong chemical engineering background in order to predict the process large scale behavior. The combination of search for deviation, experimental investigation and engineering skills in the assessment allows a successful scale-up.
Prof. Francis Stoessel, Head - Process Safety Consulting, Institute of Chemical and Biological Process Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), presents this webinar.