Successful implementation of new production operations depends on rigorous process development based on proven and scalable methods. To ensure the success of each project, Swenson process engineers work closely with clients to understand their needs and develop process designs that can effectively be implemented to achieve quality or recovery requirements.
Depending on the stage of the project, Swenson process development resources can support the client from the proof of concept through commissioning and further process improvements.
For every installation, Swenson engineers combine their years of experience with proprietary design information, plant operating data, and state-of-the-art modeling software to develop innovative and dependable solutions for clients.
Having assisted thousands of companies with their unique process chemistry and needs, Swenson can perform feasibility testing of virtually any laboratory or pilot scale evaporation and crystallization flowsheet.
Clients have long recognized that testing is crucial to ensure the success of the ultimate full-scale application. The Swenson Test Center—located near Chicago in Harvey, Illinois—is equipped for laboratory analysis, bench-scale process development in glassware, research and development, and pilot scale operation.
Swenson uses internally developed design methods and software such as OLI to simulate complex aqueous chemistry. Flowsheet simulations support refinement of the process before the customer makes an investment in capital equipment. Testing and demonstration capabilities deliver and confirm technical and investment project information.
Glassware testing provides proof of concept and gathers necessary data such as physical properties, boiling point elevation, crystal yield, purity, and crystal morphology. Testing starts as a batch process and may be run as a continuous process when necessary. Data from glassware testing is used to further refine the process calculations and process flowsheet simulations.
Pilot testing is used to gather data for plant design and commercial samples that cannot be acquired in glassware testing, including crystal breakage, centrifuge data, and heat transfer data such as fouling and scaling. Pilot testing is usually done at 20-liter scale but also can be done at 1000-liter scale.
Swenson engineers use information gathered from testing as well as previous installations and operating data to design a robust, cost-effective system for the customer. The combination of broad industry experience, testing capabilities and flowsheet simulation expertise provides the customer confidence in project success as well as confirmation of financial objectives.
Depending on the stage of the project, Swenson process development resources can support the client through the proof of concept to definitive feasibility study level.
For every installation, Swenson engineers combine their years of experience with proprietary design information, plant operating data, and state-of-the-art modeling software to develop innovative and dependable solutions for our clients.