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Distilling your chemical engineering knowledge and skills with Henry Kister

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is committed to supporting the professional development of chemical, process and biochemical engineers worldwide.

Each year we train nearly 2000 people from 60 countries with our comprehensive programme of open and in-company professional development courses.

We cover both technical and non-technical topics and IChemE is proud to be a market leader in process safety training and best practice.

One of our most popular technical courses is Practical Distillation Technology, which has been running for well over 20 years.

This course gives comprehensive coverage of distillation technology with a particular emphasis on the problems that can occur and how to solve them.

It also provides an excellent opportunity to develop key techniques that can promote trouble-free operation and reduce distillation cost.

World-renowned trainer

The course is delivered by world-renowned distillation expert Henry Kister.

Known as 'the tower doctor' Henry is a Fluor Corporation Fellow and Director of Fractionation Technology, with a vast background in all phases of distillation, including operation, troubleshooting, design, start-up, and research.

At Fluor, Henry 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 developing Fluor’s in-house distillation technology.

Henry is the author of three distillation textbooks, over 100 technical articles and has presented this course 450 times in public and for major corporations in 22 countries on all six continents.

The main topics that the course covers are how to avoid fractionation pitfalls, troubleshooting distillation simulations, tray hydraulics and limits, troubleshooting tray towers, troubleshooting packed towers, de-bottlenecking, distillation control and how to avoid tower malfunctions.

These topics are delivered through a series of lectures and interactive discussions, with case studies scattered throughout to illustrate the key principles and to distinguish good from bad practice.

Held once a year in the UK, Practical Distillation Technology consistently gets excellent feedback from delegates, with companies often sending employees year after year and delegates travelling from across the world to attend.

This year’s course takes place on 19-21 October at the Heathrow Holiday Inn, London. For further details and to book visit

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