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ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

Operation of Process Equipment: Fired Heaters, Heat Exchangers, air Coolers, Piping, Pumps, Compressors and Process Control & Troubleshooting

Available dates

Oct 27—31, 2019
5 days
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
USD 3300
USD 660 per day


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About the course

This course is designed to provide an understanding and skills in operation of process equipment and troubleshooting. The program is a good opportunity for participants to familiarize with practical techniques, useful criteria (including short cuts) for designing and troubleshooting process equipment commonly used in gas processing and petrochemical plants.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Calculate, evaluate and compile process data for the specification, design, selection and operation of process equipment
  • Possess enhanced skills and knowledge in process engineering, including design methods, criteria, calculation procedures and short-cut techniques
  • Perform the evaluation, diagnostic monitoring and troubleshooting of existing process equipment, including de-bottlenecking and revamping methods
  • Evaluate technical proposals and prepare scoping cost estimates
  • Prepare comprehensive process specification documents for bid packages


Day 1


  • Course overview
  • Gas processing overview
  • Process equipment categories
  • Mechanical and safety aspects

Process Control and Instrumentation

  • Instrumentation types and selection
  • Control valves sizing and selection
  • Pressure relief devices and systems

Day 2


  • Fluid flow principles
  • Pressure loss categories
  • Pipe properties
  • Sizing methods and criteria
  • Two-phase flow

Conventional Separators

  • Types and functions
  • Sizing criteria and method
  • Design considerations and internals
  • Process operating problems

Day 3


  • Categories and types
  • Performance characteristics
  • Control systems
  • Design criteria and parameters
  • Pump selection guidelines
  • Process operation troubleshooting


  • Categories and types
  • Compression process
  • Characteristics and terminologies
  • Design Criteria and parameters
  • Compressor control methods
  • Selection guidelines
  • Drivers
  • Process operation problems/troubleshooting

Day 4

Fired Heaters

  • Heater types
  • Process applications
  • Selection guidelines
  • Process operating problems

Heat Exchangers

  • Heat exchanger types
  • Process applications
  • Heat transfer terms and equations
  • Design criteria and parameters
  • Fouling considerations
  • Reboilers
  • Calculation methods
  • Selection guidelines
  • Process operation problems/troubleshooting

Day 5

Air Coolers

  • Air cooler types
  • Design and operating considerations
  • Process operating problems/troubleshooting

Fractionation Columns

  • Fractionator types
  • Process design methods
  • Trays vs packing
  • Operating parameters
  • Process operating problems/troubleshooting

Who should attend

This course is intended for those who are involved with process engineering, instrumentation & control including process engineers, mechanical & equipment engineers, project engineers and maintenance engineers, operators and technicians.

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