Webinar: Batch process optimisation


Batch and semi-batch processes contribute substantially to the global production of chemicals and consumer products, and have always dominated consumer product and pharmaceutical production. Now, as chemical companies move towards high value-added specialty chemicals, batch processes have achieved a renewed prominence throughout the chemical process industries.

The dynamic nature of batch processing makes process optimisation a challenging task unsuited to traditional steady-state simulation tools. Advanced Process Modelling brings new capabilities to rigorous batch process optimisation including the ability to optimise reaction, separation, crystallization and solids process operations. Model-based engineering enables the engineer to explore, evaluate and optimize alternative operating policies, making it possible to enhance product quality, minimise batch time, increase asset utilisation and easily develop recipes for different equipment or product qualities.

Topics covered

In this webinar you will learn about:

  • How dynamic modelling and optimisation helps in the design and operating policy of batch processes with the degrees of freedom available
  • How complex operational sequences can be easily modelled using a task editor
  • Case studies:
    • Propylene glycol production
    • Batch esterification reaction
    • Batch crystallization process


Hara Psyrraki is an Application Engineer at Process Systems Enterprise with a focus area in modelling and optimisation of reaction systems. Hara holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University College London where she specialized in reaction engineering and modelling of multiphase catalytic reactors. Before that, she completed a MEng degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Patras in Greece.

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