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Design, Operation, and Troubleshooting of Activated Carbon Liquid and Vapor Phase Systems

PACS Course Number 160

9 AM to 5 PM

The course instructor is Wayne Schuliger, P.E., Technical Director at PACS. He has been designing, starting-up and solving operational problems with liquid and vapor phase carbon adsorption systems worldwide for many years. His broad practical experiences with activated carbon (AC) process systems, his engineering background and his communication skills will help your career development in this subject. He is assisted by Dr. Henry Nowicki, President of PACS, who provides chemical characterizations of influents, ASTM carbon testing and related laboratory services. The purpose of this course is to provide attendees with knowledge to evaluate experimental data and to design activated carbon systems. The course will, as far as possible, be tailored to the special interests that you express on the registration form. A course outline is below. Plan to bring your calculator or laptop.

Chemists, engineers, regulators and managers using or planning to use AC need this information. If AC is important to your firm, this course is for you. The course includes a course notebook, notes, professional contacts to help solve your future AC problems, and refreshments. On-site courses at your location are available. Please call for details about conducting courses at your time and location.

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Register by mailing a copy of the REGISTRATION FORM. Send it with a payment of $995 to secure your attendance. Hotel information and a map will be sent to confirm your registration. Please list your special interest(s) on the registration form. Enrollment is limited to assure your maximum course benefits. On-site PACS courses are available (most PACS courses can be provided at your time and place). Telephone Henry Nowicki or Barb Sherman at 1.724.457.6576 if you need further information. PACS also provides laboratory testing and consulting services.



Design, Operation, and Troubleshooting of Activated Carbon Liquid and Vapor Phase Systems

Course Instructor: Wayne Schuliger, P.E. under the auspices of PACS

Course Outline

Liquid Phase Systems

1.How to obtain and interpret isotherm and column data using several techniques. The discussion will include:

A. Limits of various techniques, i.e. small laboratory columns, accelerated columns, field tests, and computer simulations

B. Typical problems encountered

C. Effect of experimental conditions

2. How to obtain and interpret isotherm and column data using several techniques. The discussion will include:

A. Limits of various techniques, i.e. small laboratory columns, accelerated columns, field tests, and computer simulations

B. Typical problems encountered

C. Effect of experimental conditions

3. Design of fixed bed adsorbers. Discussion will include:

A. Upflow versus downflow

B. Types of underdrain systems

C. Materials of construction

4. Process related items:

A. Problems resulting from improper wetting of carbon

B. Pressure drop and bed expansion

C. Product recovery

D. Carbon transport techniques and related design criteria

E. Carbon fines

F. Carbon bed density in backwashed and non-backwashed bed

5. Design of pulse (moving) bed adsorbers and systems, if there is interest expressed by attendees

6. Discussion of regeneration techniques with emphasis on thermal, if there is interest expressed by attendees

Vapor Phase Systems

1. Design parameters for adsorbers, i.e. bed depth, gas velocity, etc

2. Effect of relative humidity of particle size, flow rate, bed packing and particle shape

3. Pressure drop as a function of particle size, flow rate, bed packing and particle shape

4. Regeneration of all types:

A. Steam

B. Hot gas

C. Vacuum

D. Pressure

E. Swing

F. Thermal

5. Working capacity versus equilibrium capacity in each of the above regeneration schemes

6. Temperature excursions in carbon beds

BRING YOUR CALCULATOR OR LAPTOP!

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Please NOTE: List your special interest on the registration form. We will try to accommodate your interest. PACS also provides internet consulting information at http://pacslabs.com

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For more information please contact:

Henry Nowicki, Ph.D. / M.B.A
PACS Testing, Consulting and Training
409 Meade Drive, Coraopolis, PA 15108
Phone: 1. 724. 457. 6576 or 1. 800. 367. 2587
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