Workshops

Tailored and comprehensive training designed to help you unlock the full potential of CHEMCAD's advanced process simulation software. Our specialists provide step-by-step guidance that's backed up by practical, interactive examples.

Training Workshops

Our hands-on training workshops are designed to help you unlock CHEMCAD's process simulation power. We offer in-person workshops at our Houston headquarters and at locations throughout the United States, as well as real-time virtual workshops based on Houston and Berlin time zones.

Upcoming workshops are listed at right. Syllabus information for each workshop can be found below under Course Content.

To reserve your place in any workshop, start by downloading the applicable registration form below.

REGISTRATION FORMS

In-person CHEMCAD workshops in North America

Virtual CHEMCAD workshops for Europe

You can use the Adobe Acrobat fill-in form feature and then save the file, or print the form to fill in and scan. Then return the completed registration form to training@chemstations.com as an e-mail attachment.

The popular Process Simulation Essentials webinar is also available on our YouTube channel. This six-part webinar was created to help new CHEMCAD users, or those delving into particular topics (like dynamics or piping) for the first time.

The syllabus for the Process Simulation Essentials webinar, as well as those for our in-person workshop offerings, can be found below. 

 

2024 In-person Workshops

Basic CHEMCAD with Ben Horwitz

June 25-27 - Cleveland, Ohio
August 13-15 - Salt Lake City, Utah
October 15-17 - Houston, Texas

CHEMCAD Part 1 with Dr. Juergen Rarey

July 16-18 - In person in Houston, Texas

CHEMCAD Part 2 with Dr. Juergen Rarey
July 23-25 - In person in Houston, Texas

CHEMCAD Dynamics with Daniel Hill of P&I Design

August 27-29 - Houston, Texas

2024 Virtual Workshops for Europe

Basic CHEMCAD with Frank Ramhold
November 5-7 (in German)

CHEMCAD Part 2 with Dr. Juergen Rarey
November 12-14 (in English)


Would you be interested in a CHEMCAD - Beyond the Basics workshop with Ben Horwitz that builds on the foundations of Basic CHEMCAD? If so, let us know your preferred course dates and we'll be in touch.

Please contact us at training@chemstations.com for further information about these courses, or to schedule a custom workshop for your organization.

Course Content

Choose the workshop that best fits your interests and level of CHEMCAD experience. Our expert instructors will lead you through real-world examples, from flowsheet setup to detailed analysis of simulation results, and show you how to get the most from your CHEMCAD software. Select a course title to view a detailed syllabus.

  • Overview of CHEMCAD functions
  • Overview and navigation of the physical property database
  • Adding a new component to the database
  • Overview of thermodynamic options
  • Building a flowsheet for design purposes
  • Modeling an existing process
  • Quantitative and qualitative use of simulation
  • Using simulation for day-to-day tasks
  • Using plant data in process flowsheets
  • CHEMCAD for transient and static problems
  • Simulation as an extension of your engineering thought process
  • Modeling plant utilities (steam, process water, etc.)
  • Course covers:
  • Recycle loops
  • Distillation
  • Reactors
  • Heat exchangers
  • CHEMCAD controllers
  • CHEMCAD plots and reports
  • Solid components
  • Electrolytes
  • Component binary interaction parameters (BIPs)
  • Component Database and Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium
  • Overview of CHEMCAD functions
  • Building flowsheets
  • Reporting tools and data transfer with Excel 
  • Sensitivity analysis and optimization 
  • Thermodynamic models 
  • Recycle and convergence settings 
  • Controllers 
  • Piping networks and pressure drop calculations 
  • Distillation 
  • Batch distillation 
  • BIP regression 
  • Liquid- liquid equilibrium and extraction  
  • Absorption 
  • Electrolytes  
  • Solubility of salts and heat of solution 
  • pH calculation 
  • Absorption and solubility of gases 
  • Optimization with controllers 
  • Residue curve maps 
  • Dynamic simulation  
  • Excel, VBA, and VBClient applications with CHEMCAD 
  • Overview of dynamic models in CC-DYNAMICS
  • Batch processes
    • Basics of modeling batch processes
    • Building batch process flowsheets
    • Batch, semi-batch, and continuous vessels
    • Specifying a vessel and its associated equipment
    • Using dynamic controllers
    • Viewing, plotting, and using results
  • Batch reactors
    • Regressing kinetic data for reactions
    • Batch and semi-batch/continuous tank reactors
    • Using a laboratory to verify and investigate kinetics
    • Using calorimeter data with dynamics
    • Modeling batch reactors with distillation columns
  • Dynamic distillation
    • Basics of building dynamic distillation models
    • Moving from steady state to dynamics
    • Feed/process changes or disturbances
    • Start-up and shutdown of a column
    • Using PID controllers with distillation units

This high-level survey of CHEMCAD's capabilities covers the following topics:

  • Introduction and basic flowsheeting
  • Distillation columns
  • Recycle loops
  • Analysis tools (sensitivity study, Excel links, etc.)
  • Piping network calculations
  • Creating and managing user components
  • Overview of CHEMCAD functions
  • Overview and navigation of the physical property database
  • Building flowsheets
  • Overview of thermodynamic options
  • Flowsheet analysis through sensitivity studies and optimization
  • Data reconciliation
  • Continuous and batch distillation
  • Dynamic simulation
  • Reactors
  • Heat exchangers
  • Controllers 
  • Azeotropic behavior and separation of azeotropic mixtures
    • Workshop homogeneous and heterogeneous azeotropic distillation
  • Physical property sources, estimation (pure component and mixture behavior), experimental determination
  • Solid-liquid equilibria and crystallization
  • Binary and ternary liquid-liquid equilibria
  • Extraction basics (Kremser, Hunter-Nash)
    • Extraction columns, balance lines
    • Combination of extraction and distillation
  • Electrolyte systems
    • Workshop electrolyte mixtures (gas sweetening)
  • Reaction kinetics and reactive distillation

  • Piping networks, pumps, and valves
  • Two-phase flow and emergency relief valves

  • META UnitOp (liquid ring pump example)

  • User UnitOp – Excel unit with mapping

  • Modeling entire existing processes
  • Avoiding common pitfalls in simulation
  • Quantitative and qualitative use of simulation
  • Manipulating thermodynamics to fit plant data
  • Dealing with "unruly" plant data
  • Using plant data in process flowsheets
  • Simulation as an extension of your engineering thought process
  • Using a laboratory to verify and investigate thermodynamics
  • Course covers:
    • Recycle loops
    • Distillation (continuous and batch)
    • Advanced heat exchanger topics
    • Advanced controller topics
    • Finding and breaking azeotropes
    • Batch processes
    • Batch-to-continuous processes
    • Advanced electrolyte topics
  • Customization of CHEMCAD using Microsoft Excel® and Visual Basic for Applications® (VBA)
  • Using a worksheet as a front end for CHEMCAD
  • Customizing UnitOps and calculations
  • Simple data connection to an external workbook
  • Examination of real equipment selection based on process performance
  • Sizing of pipes, orifices, control valves, columns (packed and tray)
  • Mass transfer calculation for sized packed columns
  • Heat exchanger sizing using CC-THERM
  • Two-phase vessel sizing
  • Nodes to model real hydraulics
  • Special calculation methods to help simulations converge:
    • Stream reference modules
    • Controllers (feed-forward and feedback)
    • UnitOp sequence groups