This course introduces fundamental and advanced techniques and tools for the design, modelling and optimisation of process plants. Read more Read less

It provides in-depth training on using Aspen Plus software to model and simulate industrial processes.

At a glance

  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,700. The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

The course includes several case studies and demonstrations with Aspen Plus. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short-course, you will be able to:

  • Formulate strategies to carry out a process design and critically appraise the techniques and major commercial simulation tools for steady and dynamic process simulation,
  • Apply competently the principles of process optimisation,
  • Design and analyse the performance of a process plant using simulation or optimisation tools.

Core content

Process Design

  • Overview: Conceptual process design. Process flow-sheeting,
  • Process synthesis: Overview of a process system. Recycle structure of the flowsheet. Design of reaction and separation systems,
  • Process integration: Concepts of process integration for heat exchanger network design.

Process Modelling, Simulation and Optimisation 

  • Modelling and simulation: Concepts of process modelling. General concepts of simulation. Introduction to steady and dynamic process simulation. Introduction to commercial simulation software packages (i.e, Aspen HYSYS) for process flow-sheeting, design and analysis,
  • Process optimisation techniques: Principles of optimisation. 

Case Studies (PC Lab and Demonstration Sessions)

  • Process design, simulation and optimisation case studies based on industrial or research projects will be carried out using Aspen HYSYS and Aspen Plus.

Who should attend

This would be of particular interest to engineers or researchers in the chemical, petrochemical, water, oil and gas, energy or food industries.


Dr Dawid Hanak


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site. Only one discount is applicable per booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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