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Plant design

Group led by Prof. Pekka Oinas combines fundamental chemical engineering principles with systems engineering approaches to develop methods and computer-aided tools that are applicable in all areas of chemical process industry.
Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Education

The education in Plant Design is directed at process design and development methods in B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D levels. This includes preliminary process design, process synthesis, cost engineering, process simulation and environmental and safety aspects of design. This knowledge can be used for the development of new processes, engineering of new plants and improvement of existing ones in the chemical, petrochemical, biofuel, pulp and paper, minerals, food and biotech and pharmaceutical industries. The teaching is based on problem-based learning, in which process design and development problems are solved using modern design tools such as simulation programs and other design methods. The teaching also includes advanced practical design projects performed as group work and guided by industrial engineers from appropriate companies.

Research

The research in Plant Design focuses on process feasibility study, synthesis, design, operation, integration, simulation and optimization, as well as  inherent safety, occupational health, pollution prevention and industrial risk. The key theme is the development of systematic methodologies to identify optimum, sustainable and creative strategies that lead to process intensification, yield improvement, debottlenecking, costing, safety, pollution prevention and energy conservation. Fundamental chemical engineering principles are coupled with systems engineering approaches to develop methods and computer-aided tools that are applicable in all areas of chemical process industry. In Plant Design there has been on an average one doctoral thesis per year.

Latest publications

Plant design, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Biohybrid materials, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Bioproduct Chemistry

Techno-economic assessment for the large-scale production of colloidal lignin particles

Publishing year: 2018 Green Chemistry
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Biohybrid materials, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Plant design, School services, CHEM, Bioproduct Chemistry, Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology

Closed cycle production of concentrated and dry redispersible colloidal lignin particles with a three solvent polarity exchange method

Publishing year: 2018 Green Chemistry
Department of Built Environment, Water and Environmental Engineering, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Plant design

Introduction : How can circular economy help to construct a more sustainable green circular society?

Publishing year: 2017
Department of Built Environment, Water and Environmental Engineering, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Plant design

Constructing A Green Circular Society

Publishing year: 2017
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Plant design, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Thermodynamics and Combustion Technology, Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology

A novel biorefinery integration concept for lignocellulosic biomass

Publishing year: 2017 Energy Conversion and Management
Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Plant design

Influence of input waste feedstock on solid recovered fuel production in a mechanical treatment plant

Publishing year: 2017 Fuel Processing Technology
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Plant design

Gibbs Free-Energy-Based Objective Function for Electrolyte Activity Coefficient Models

Publishing year: 2017 Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Bioproduct Chemistry, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Plant design, Biohybrid materials

Scaling up production of colloidal lignin particles

Publishing year: 2017 Nordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Professor (Associate Professor)
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate