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Experience in Unit Op'ns
Design of Process Plants
|All Unit Operations
From 2003 to 2005 taught "Process Analysis & Synthesis" course plus "Process Design" project to Junior & Senior year undergraduate students in the Chemical and Materials Engineering degree at University of Auckland. These two integrating courses built upon all of the standard unit operations courses content, such as distillation, heat transfer, adsorption and absorption, filtration, fluid transfer, freezing and drying, size reduction, reactors, bulk handling, ion exchange and storage systems. These were applied to mini-FEED design projects for industries relevant to N.Z. e.g. oil refinery, methanol and ammonia plants, dairy processing, cement works, steel plant, distillery, alumina processing.
Below are examples of projects where Bob had a lead role in design of a specific unit operation:
In order to process a wider gravity range of crude oils for three refinery topping units. did process simulation with maximum heat integration, added pumparound circuits and split overhead condensers. Did valve tray selection, procurement and installation. Reviewed licensor designs for azeotropic separation in a petrochemicals plant.
Integrally involved with RAM (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability) "N+1" decision about large pipeline compressor(s) and power generation for an onshore oil & gas system, plus subsequent detailed P&ID review of compressor and support systems Filtration