I offer regular external and in-house courses. These cover both training about applied thermodynamics for process simulation, DDB/DDBSP and introduction to process simulation..

My course schedule can be found at (=

Some of these courses have a long history and are offered by more than 10 or 20 years already. About 500 industrial participants took part in the course “Fundamentals of Selection, Synthesis and Design of Thermal Separation Processes” during the last 10 years and consistently highly recommend it to their colleagues.

All courses are also available in-house. Costs are

  • economy travel expenses
  • a fixed daily rate
  • approx. 35 Euro per hardcover version of the course material (approx. 250 pages high quality Xerox Phaser color printout, required)
  • plus 70 Euro for the textbook “Chemical Thermodynamics for Process Simulation” (recommended) .

A maximum number of 12 participants allows me to engage them in a dynamic discussion. With more participants there is a higher chance to “loose” one or the other.

The lecture style is not strictly formal and concepts are repeatedly discussed using a variety of different phenomena to improve a kind of process oriented thermodynamic thinking. The first day is generally experienced as more difficult, too full and confusing, after a nights sleep the concepts are much easier to grasp and on the third day some excitement about the possibilities of thermodynamic behavior as a toolbox to develop more creative and elegant process solutions is observed.

For maximum benefit I therefore recommend 3 day courses followed by a 1 or 2 day workshop where the participants can apply the new knowledge.

Past in-house courses took for example place at

  • Mitsubishi Chemical, Kurashiki, Japan
  • Lyondell, Houston, USA
  • EPCON, Houston, USA (twice)
  • Rhodia, Lyon, France
  • DSM, Geelen, The Netherlands
  • Akzo-Nobel, Arnhem, The Netherlands (twice)
  • Hoffmann-La Roche, Kaiseraust, Switzerland (twice)
  • Ciba, Basel, Switzerland
  • Siemens Coal Gasification, Freiberg, Germany
  • SABIC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (twice)
  • SCG Chemicals, Rayong, Thailand
  • Research Institute of Petroleum Industry, Teheran, Iran

DDB and Process Simulation (German, English)

This in-house course (upon request) gives a hand-on introduction to the most important features of DDBSP and examples of the use of DDB for practical applications in process simulation but will not cover any thermodynamic fundamentals.

DDB-DDBSP Introduction (German, English)

This one-day course features an introduction and introductory training for all major components of the Dortmund data bank (DDB) and the integrated software package DDBSP.

“Chemical Thermodynamics for Process Simulation” Course (German, English)

This is the main course (3 resp. 4 days) about thermodynamic basics and application. It takes place twice a year in English and German language in Oldenburg and at different places worldwide. During the last 10 years about 500 participants from industry and further from academia took part in the course. Following the first 3 days an optional introduction to DDB and DDBSP is offered.

“Advanced Chemical Thermodynamics for Process Simulation” Course (German, English)

This is the advanced course (3 days) with many workshops and advanced concepts. It takes place once a year in English language in Oldenburg and at upon request at different places worldwide.

DECHEMA Course (German) (phased out)

Thermodynamische Stoffdaten für die Synthese, Auslegung und Simulation chemischer Prozesse

The DECHEMA® course features nearly two days of thermodynamic basics and application followed by a full day of lectures and workshops dealing with the implementation and use of the different thermodynamic model options in Aspen Plus®. In addition, an introduction to DETHERM® Online and the DECHEMA® Data Regression Package is presented.

CHEMCAD® Introductory Course (German, English)

CHEMCAD Introductory Courses in Berlin are offered by Chemstations Europe (see full list and course descriptions on their website).

The introductory courses in the German language are now lectured by Frank Ramhold.

CHEMCAD® Advanced Course (German)

Starting 2013, Chemstations Europe offers the advanced CHEMCAD course with me as the lecturer (see full list and course descriptions on their website).

DDB/DDBSP – Aspen Plus Advanced Training Course – Identifying and Resolving Physical Property Issues in Chemical Process Simulation Using the Dortmund Data Bank

This course was first presented by Brian Satola and me in Saudi-Arabia in April 2012. In contrast to other courses this 3 day block is heavily centered on workshops so that the participants are able to develop their own experience. It is recommended to schedule this course after a previous thermodynamic-course.

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