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Working Party on High Pressure Technology -  WP HPT

 

Welcome to the website of the EFCE Working Party on Hing Pressure Technology.

 

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History and Mission of the Working Party

 

History

The Working Party (WP) on High Pressure Technology (HPT) of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) was established in 1988. Prof. Gerhard Vetter (University of Erlangen, Germany) was one of the founders of the WP HPT. The chairmen of WP HPT were as follows:

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Vetter (Erlangen, Germany)                 1988 -
Prof. Dr. Helmut Tiltsher (Munich, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Vetter (Erlangen, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Alberto Bertucco (Padova, Italy)                           1997 - 2003
Prof. Dr. Željko Knez (Maribor, Slovenia)                           2003 - 2010
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Schlücker (Erlangen, Germany)        since 2010

Europe has been the cradle of high pressure technology in the 20s and 30s when most relevant high pressure chemical processes and plants were developed. The special scientific and technical knowledge required in this respect became a precious technological heritage of European Conutries. In the last two decaded the demand expertise in the field has increased considerably: both academic and industrial researchers from different ares (chemists, physicists, biologists, pharmacists, food technologists) have been involved in projects about high pressure applications to new processes and products.
 

Aims and objectives

Aims and objectives of the WP HPT are:

  • operation, coordination, promotion and advancement of high pressure research activities within Europe and co-operation activities beyond

  • active collaboration in the organisation of thematic sessions on HPT

  • coordination of international scientific events organised in Europe in the field of high pressure technology

  • establishment of closer co-operation within high pressure research groups at university and industry from different areas

  • education of phD students, researchers from universities and industry in the fundamentals and applications of high pressure technology in chemical and process industry: organisation of an intensive course.

  • active participation in the initiatives of the EFCE advisory board about DSCPT

Nowdays, the WP HPT has 21 members from 13 different countries , which hold one technical meeting per year, and are present at different events dealing with high pressure technology: international conferences, meetings, symposiums and other.

The WP contribution to Development of Sustainable Chemical and Process Technologies (DSCPT) involves substitution of organic solvents by the use of harmless compressed gasses, i.e. water and carbon dioxide at high pressure, in many applications of the chemical, food, pharmaceutical, biochemical, cosmetic, materials industries.

 

"High pressure is a wonderful tool to develop new processes and products".

Members of the Working Party

 

AUSTRIA

Dr. Eduard LACK
NATEX Prozesstechnologie GmbH
Hauptstrasse 2, 2630 Ternitz

Tel: +43 2630 32120; Fax: +43 2630 38163
Email:

http://www.natex.at/

ELack

CZECH REPUBLIC
FINLAND

Prof. Tapio SALMI  (Guest Member)
Abo Akademi University
Laboratory Industrial Chemistry
Biskopsgatan 8
20500 Turku / Abo

Tel: +358 02 2154427; Fax: +358 02 2154479
Email:


FRANCE

Prof. Jacques FAGES
Ecole des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux
Laboratoire de génie des procédés des solids divisés
UMR CNRS 2392
81013 Albi Cedex 09

Email:


Ms. Elisabeth BADENS  (Guest Member)
Aix Marseille University
Laboratory M2P2 UMR-CNRS 7340
Europôle de l'Arbois BP 80, Bat. Laennec Hall C, 13545 Aix-en-Provence cedex 4

Tel: +33 442 90 85 00 / 33 6 85 54 30 17; Fax: +33 442 90 85 15
Email :


GERMANY

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marcus PETERMANN
Ruhr University of Bochum
Feststoffverfahrenstechnik
Universitätsstr. 150, 44780 Bochum

Tel:+49-234 32-26442; Fax:+49-234 32-14277
Email:


HUNGARY

Dr. Bela SIMANDI    (Honorary Member)
Budapest University of Technology and Economics  (retired)
Department of chemical engineering
Műegyetem rkp. 3-9., 1111 Budapest

Tel: +36 1 463-1490; Fax: +36 1 463-3570
Email:

http://www.ch.bme.hu/eng/index.html

BSimandi

ITALY

Prof. G. CAPUTO
Università di Palermo
Dept. of Industrial and Digital Innovation (DIID)
Viale delle Scienze, ed.6, 90141 Palermo

Email:  


The NETHERLANDS

Prof. Dr. Theo de LOOS
Delft University of Technology
DelftChemTech
Physical Chemistry and Molecular Thermodynamics
Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL Delft

Tel: +31 15 2788478; Fax: +31 15 2788713
Email:

TdeLoos

PORTUGAL

Prof. Dr. Manuel NUNES DA PONTE (Elected Member)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
FCT/UNL, Department of Chemistry
Quinta da Torre, 2829-516 Caparica

Email:


SERBIA

Prof. Dejan SKALA  (Honorary Member)
University of Beograd (retired)
Faculty of technology and metallurgy
Department of Organic Chemical Technology
Karnegijeva 4, 11001 Belgrade

Tel: +381 11 3370-460; Fax: +381 11 3370-387  
Email:

DSkala

SLOVENIA
SPAIN

Prof. Francisco RECARENS
Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya  (retired)
Departament d''Enginyeria Química
Avda Diagonal 647, E.T.S.E.I.B. Pavelló G, 08028 Barcelona

Tel: +34 934 016 676; Fax: +34 934 017 150
Email: ,

http://www.upc.es/eq/


SWEDEN

Prof. Dr. Magnus HARROD
Härröd Research AB
Herkulesgatan 72, ESAB Industrier 13, 417 01 Göteborg

Tel: +46 31 779 05 83; Fax: +46 31 779 05 84
E-mail:

http://www.harrod-research.se/

MHarrod

Prof. Charlotta TURNER  (Guest Member)
Lund University
Department of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
P.O. Box 124, 22100 Lund

Tel: +46 46 222 8125; Fax: +46 46222 8125
Email:


SWITZERLAND

Dr. Beat H. ZEHNDER
SITEC-Sieber Engineering AG
Lohwisstrasse 46, 8123 Ebmatingen

Tel: +41 44 982 20 78; Fax: +41 44 982 10 79
Email:

http://www.sitec-hp.ch

Zehnder

TURKEY

Asst. Prof. Dr. Cerag DILEK  (Guest Member)
Middle East Technical University
Chemical Engineering Department
EZ-31
Universiteler Mah., Dumlupinar Blv. No. 1, 06800 Ankara

Tel: +90 312 210 2626; Fax: +90 312 210 2600
E-mail:


UNITED KINGDOM

Dr. Carl J SCHASCHKE
Abertay University
School of Science, Engineering and Technology
Bell Street, Dundee DD1 1HG

Tel: +44 1382 308146
Email:

CSchaschke

Publications

 

High Pressure Process Technology: fundamentals and applications

 

Edited by:

A. Bertucco
Universita di Padova, Facolta di Ingegneria,
Via F. Marzolo 9, 35131 Padova PD, Italy
Email:

G. Vetter
Universität Erlangen-Nürenberg, Lehrstuhl für Apparatetechnik und Chemiemaschinenbau,
Gauerstrasse 4, 91058 Erlangen, Germany

Hardbound, 684 pages, publication date: OCT-2001 (e-Book available, too)
ISBN-13: 978-0-444-50498-2
Imprint: ELSEVIER

For ordering (print and/or e-book) see: https://www.elsevier.com/books/high-pressure-process-technology-fundamentals-and-applications/bertucco/978-0-444-50498-2

Book

Clear evidence of increasing demands in the processing industry prompted the editors and authors to publish a new book about High Pressure Process Technology: Fundamentals and Applications.
This book presents the latest knowledge regarding the high pressure processing aspects combined with that about the modeling, the design and the operation of safe and reliable high pressure plants and equipment. This treatment and selection of the subjects is stimulating and unique. Consisting of nine chapters, each subdivided into several sections, the book addresses the high pressure aspects, providing well selected correlated information connected with a comprehensive overview together with a large number of references.
The main body of the first eight chapters refers to subjects like high pressure in general, the thermodynamics and kinetics of the fluids involved, the design of high pressure equipment, the modeling and design of reactors, separation and fractionation units, the safety aspects, the control and economics.
In the extended last chapter, examples of promising high pressure applications are explained, such as chemical and enzymatic reactions in supercritical solvents, hydrogenation under supercritical conditions, supercritical water oxidation, polymerization with metallocene catalysts, supercritical extraction, fractionation and precipitation, supercritical pharma processing, ultra-high pressure sterilization and supercritical dry-cleaning.
 

Audience:
For all those interested in high pressure process technology, including chemical engineers, process engineers, pharmaceutical technologists, food technologists and bio-technologists.


Contents:

  • Chapter headings.
  • Selected papers.
    Preface. Contents.List of Contributors.
  • Introduction.
    High pressure: definitions and examples in nature. Early historical roots of high pressure technology. High pressure technology today - motivations for using high pressure. High pressure technology today - application survey and examples.
  • Thermodynamic Properties at High Pressure.
    Introduction.Phase equilibria. Calculation of high pressure phase equilibria. Chemical reaction equilibria. Experimental methods.
  • Kinetic Properties at High Pressure.
    Interesting features at high pressure. Kinetics of high pressure reactions. Measurement of chemical kinetic data at high pressure. Transport properties.
  • Design and Construction of High Pressure Equipment for Research and Production.
    High pressure machinery. High pressure piping equipment. High pressure vessels and other components. Instrumentation of high pressure facilities.
  • Industrial reaction units.
    Reactors for homogeneous reactions. Hydrodynamics and mass transfer in fixed-bed gas-liquid-solid reactors operating at high pressure. Slurry catalytic reactors. Catalytic reactors for olefin polymerizations.
  • Separation Operations and Equipment.
    Pressure distillation. Packed towers: random and structured packings.Tray columns.Trays or packings? Conclusions for pressure distillation. Extraction from solids.Extraction from liquids.
  • Safety and Control in High Pressure Plant Design and Operation.
    General safety aspects in high pressure facilities.Runaway of polyethylene reactors.Safety in high pressure extraction plants.
  • Economics of High Pressure Processes.
    High pressure extraction plants. High pressure polymerization of ethylene. Precipitation by supercritical antisolvent.
  • Applications.
    Chemical reactions in supercritical solvents (SCFs). Enzymatic reactions. Hydrogenation under supercritical single-stage conditions. Supercritical water oxidation (SCWO). Application to industrial wastewater treatment. High pressure polymerisation with metallocene catalysts. Supercritical fluid extraction and fractionation from solid materials. High pressure polymer processing. Precipitation of solids with dense gases.Pharmaceutical processing with supercritical fluids. Treating microorganisms with high pressure. Dry cleaning with liquid carbon dioxide. References.