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SAIChE-349: Lieberman Process Troubleshooting Seminar/Course


CPD credits: 5. Provider: Resolve (Unlock & Align Facilitation) (SAIChE-SPV-009)


SAIChE-349: Valid from 2017/02/12 to 2020/02/12. Re-accreditation due.

This popular PROCESS TROUBLESHOOTING SEMINAR is conducted by the internationally acknowledged expert in his trade and author of several world-renowned books. The presentation is interactive and would benefit all working in the process engineering field from novice engineers to the most experienced. The full spectrum of troubleshooting methodology, practical approach as well as process fundamentals are addressed in a challenging, stimulating and enthusiastic manner. It is eye opening, challenging and inspiring!


Distillation: Review of Fundamentals, Tray Hydraulics, Identifying Flooded Towers, Tray Deck Plugging – Downcomer
Back-up, Damaged Trays, Effects of Excessive Preheat, Control Problems, Incipient Flooding, Expanding Tower Capacity,
Crude Column Fractionation, Optimizing Pumparounds, Side stream stripping Problems, Tower Pressure Drop Surveys,
Tower External Temperature Surveys, Tower Bottoms Steam Stripping, Packed Tower Design and Operation, FCCU
Fractionator Problems.

Reboiling and Condensing: Thermosyphon Reboilers, How Reboiler Problems Cause Tower Flooding, Kettle and Forced
Circulation Problems, Fouling in Shell and Tube Exchangers, Effect of Sub-cooling on Condenser Efficiency, Pressure
Control in Light Ends Columns, Air Fin-Fan Coolers, Vacuum System Inter-Stage Condensers.

Fired Heaters: Proper Use of Excess Air, Heat Balancing Convective and Radiant Sections, Draft Control, Afterburn –
Causes and Cures, Air Preheaters, Preventing SO3 Condensing, On-Stream Cleaning Techniques, Coke Formation Inside
Tubes, Debottlenecking Heaters.

Pumps, Turbines and Steam Jets: Operation of Centrifugal Pumps, Mechanical Seals and Bearings, Optimum Impeller
Size, Sizing Motor Drives, Troubleshooting NPSH, Steam Turbines 0 Use of Hand Valves, Surface Condensers, Vacuum
Pumps, Converging – Diverging Jets, Optimising Steam Jet Performance, Pumping Viscous Fluids.

Compressors: Centrifugal Compressor Fundamentals, Relationship of Polytropic Head to Surge, Rotor Fouling,
Measuring Compressor Efficiency, Reciprocating Compressor Fundamentals, Volumetric Compression Efficiency, Head-
End Unloaders.


NORMAN LIEBERMAN is a chemical engineer with 35 years' experience in process design and plant operations. He is an independent consultant specialising in oil refinery and chemical plant process problems and revamp studies.

Norman holds B.S and M.S degrees in Chemical Engineering from Copper and Purdue respectively and has taught in excess of 350 technical seminars on process troubleshooting and process equipment. He authored several highly acclaimed books - Troubleshooting Refinery Operations; Troubleshooting Process Operations 4th Ed; Troubleshooting Natural Gas Processing; Process Design for Reliable Operations 3rd Ed; A Working Guide to Process Equipment (co-authored by Elizabeth Lieberman); Troubleshooting Process Plant Control, Process Engineering for a Small Planet and Troubleshooting Vacuum Systems.

ELIZABETH LIEBERMAN is a chemical engineer with more than 20 years' experience in the process industry. She works as a consultant in troubleshooting oil refinery and chemical plant process problems and is also experienced in ceramic processing, refractory processing and the conveying of non-Newtonian fluids (slurry flow).

Elizabeth holds a Chemical Engineering BSc from the University of Wales and LRIC in chemistry. She coauthored the internationally acclaimed book “A Working Guide to Process Equipment” with Norman.

This excellent opportunity for the Process Engineers is proudly hosted in South Africa by UNLOCK AND ALIGN FACILITATION CC. trading as RESOLVE, which also offers the facilitative consulting services of Andries Burger (Pr. Chem. Eng.)

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