School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

Practical Distillation Technology Workshop

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Workshop dates


The University of Western Australia, Crawley Campus

Due to student holidays, you can park for free in the yellow parking bays.


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Recognised specialist Henry Kister presents this comprehensive coverage of distillation technology, with particular emphasis on the problems that can occur and how to solve them. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a working knowledge of key techniques that can promote trouble-free operation and reduce distillation cost.

This practical course provides participants with the following learning outcomes:

  • Determine what may cause poor performance
  • Evaluate existing column performance and develop new designs
  • Avoid common causes of capacity bottlenecks, tray damage, downcomer sealing problems, packed tower distributor malfunctions and many other operating difficulties
  • De-bottleneck a column to improve capacity and/or separation
  • Control and operate a distillation column
  • Validate your tower simulation.

Who should attend this professional development workshop? Engineering and supervisory personnel who are involved in:

  • Operating
  • Troubleshooting
  • De-bottlenecking
  • Designing
  • Starting up distillation processes



Workshop leaders

Henry Kister

Henry Kister

Henry is a recognised specialist with a vast background in all phases of distillation, including operation, troubleshooting, design, start-up, and research. At Fluor he designs, revamps and advises on distillation processes, equipment and controls for the chemical, petrochemical and oil industries. He is also extensively involved in field consulting, start-up and troubleshooting assignments and in developing Fluor’s in-house distillation technology.

He is the author of three textbooks, Distillation Operation and Distillation Design (McGraw-Hill Inc, 1990 and 1992), Distillation Troubleshooting (Wiley Interscience, 2006), the Distillation Equipment chapter in Perry’s   Chemical Engineers’ Handbook (McGraw-Hill In, 2008), more than 100 technical articles and has presented this course 450 times across the globe.

Eric May

Eric May

Eric May is the Chevron Chair in Gas Process Engineering at The University of Western Australia. Eric has been using his analytical understanding of the behaviour of gases and liquids to find ways of producing LNG more efficiently and safely for over a decade. His work spans the areas of phase behaviour, separations, fluid properties and flow assurance.

In 2012 Eric received the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year, in 2010 was awarded Western Australian Young Scientist of the Year and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data.

Workshop timetable

Please note: Registration/welcome is at 8.00am - 8.10am on Wednesday 20 July 2016

Practical Distillation Technology
Days 1—3 : Wed 20 July - Fri 22 July
8.30-10.30am Session
10.30-10.45am Break
10.45am-12.30pm Session
12.30-1.30pm Lunch
1.30-3.30pm Session
3.30-3.45pm Break
3.45-5.30pm Session
5.30-6.30pm Informal session

Day 1 subjects covered (Wednesday)

  • Avoiding Fractionation Pitfalls
  • Troubleshooting Distillation Simulations
  • Tray Hydraulics & Limits
  • After-hours Informal session

Day 2 subjects covered (Thursday)

  • Troubleshooting Tray Towers
  • Troubleshooting Packed Towers
  • De-bottlenecking
  • After-hours Informal session

Day 3 subjects covered (Friday)

  • Distillation Control
  • Lessons learned after 50 years of Tower Malfunctions
  • Identifying and removing potential Tower Malfunctions
  • Case Studies

Registration, welcome and orientation

8.00—8.10am Wednesday 20 July

Fees and registration


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