Scale-up of Chemical Processes

Topic Process Operations

CPD Hours TBC*

Price IChemE member £1080 + VAT, non-member £1296 + VAT


Live online course – starts on 1 December 2021.

Successful chemical process scale-up can be a formidable challenge due to a combination of several phenomena that only become manifest at a change of process scale. The aim of this online course is to provide an understanding of the fundamentals and a practical guide to predicting and avoiding common problems, thereby minimising the risk of unforeseen scale-up problems.

Initially, we will identify the main challenges in scale-up and review the key chemical engineering tools required for addressing them. We will then apply these tools to approach scale-up problems which involve fluid mixing, heat transfer, mass transfer, chemical reactors and particulate processes. Finally, we will address practical issues relating to scale-up. Throughout the course we will draw on examples from a wide range of processes and unit operations. Process safety is hard-wired into the course and will be a continuous theme. 

Teaching will be delivered across three live modules (approximately 3 hours in length each), alongside independent study and pre-recorded video sessions issued before/between modules.

Certificates will be issued to candidates on completion of the course.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants should:

  • be aware of the challenges and risks involved in process scale-up
  • be familiar with the essential chemical engineering tools for addressing scale-up challenges
  • appreciate how to tackle scale-up of operations involving fluid flow and mixing
  • appreciate how to tackle scale-up of operations involving heat transfer
  • appreciate how to tackle scale-up of operations involving mass transfer
  • appreciate how to tackle scale-up of chemical reactors
  • appreciate how to tackle scale-up of operations involving particulates
  • understand the benefit of semi-batch reactor operation
  • be aware of the potential issues created by increased batch processing time
  • be aware of materials of construction constraints
  • be aware of the impact of changes in rheology
  • be aware of foaming, fouling and deposition problems.

Who will benefit

Anyone with a technical background who is involved in process development and process scale-up. 

Topics covered

Module 1

  • The challenges of process scale-up
  • Chemical engineering tools
    • Mass and energy balances
    • Transport mechanics
    • Dimensional analysis

Module 2

  • Fluid mixing issues
  • Heat transfer issues
  • Mass transfer issues
  • Chemical reaction issues
  • Particle processing issues

Module 3

  • Semi-batch operations
  • Increased batch processing time
  • Materials of construction
  • Changes in rheology
  • Foaming, fouling and deposition

Module dates and times

Module 1

Wednesday 1 December 2021, 14:00–17:00 GMT.

Module 2

Wednesday 8 December 2021, 14:00–17:00 GMT.

Module 3

Wednesday 15 December 2021, 14:00–17:00 GMT.

There will be independent study and pre-recorded video sessions issued before/between modules.

Not available then? Register your interest in future course dates.


  • IChemE member: £1080 + VAT
  • Non-member: £1296 + VAT

Early bird offer – 25% discount if you book your place before 5 November. Quote early25 at the time of booking.


Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places – 10% discount
  • 3 places –15% discount
  • 4 or more places – 20% discount.

Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.


Modules will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. If you don't already have this installed, you can join as a guest in order to access the training. We'll share information about how to do this after you've registered.

In-company training

This can also be delivered as a virtual in-company course. Contact us for more details.

* CPD hours should be used as an approximate guide and will vary depending on the preferred approach of the delegate and to what extent additional learning is completed.

Jamie Cleaver


Jamie Cleaver

PhD, CEng, FIChemE, Consultant

Jamie's background as a lecturer and his extensive experience of chemical engineering employers and the workplace give him a unique perspective as a trainer and facilitator of soft skills for chemical engineers.

He has a strong technical background, with a first degree in chemical engineering from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. After his PhD he followed a natural path into academic research and spent 16 years lecturing chemical engineering at the University of Surrey.

Through coordinating the professional training placement scheme for chemical engineering students, he was able to see first-hand the huge potential benefit to individuals and organisations that could be achieved by professional skills training.

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