Chester and North Wales (UK)

The Lowdown on Blowdown

The Lowdown on Blowdown
  • Date From 10th March 2020
  • Date To 10th March 2020
  • Price Free of charge
  • Location Thornton Science Park, University of Chester, Pool Lane, Chester, CH2 4NU

The Chester and North Wales Members Group invites you to a talk by Prof. Stephen Richardson, President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Stephen will talk about the processes occurring during blowdown (or depressurisation) of high-pressure hydrocarbon systems, noting some of the common fallacies and pitfalls and how to avoid them.


Professor Stephen Richardson, President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers

Stephen Richardson spent most of his working life at Imperial College. He was an undergraduate in Chemical Engineering from 1969 to 1972 and a postgraduate there from 1972 to 1975. He went to Cambridge as a Research Assistant in the Engineering Department and then the Chemical Engineering Department. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College in 1978 and then promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1987, Reader in 1992 and Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1994. He was Head of Department in Chemical Engineering from 2001 to 2008, Principal (aka Dean) of the Faculty of Engineering from 2008 to 2010, Deputy Rector from 2009 to 2013 and Associate Provost from 2013 to his retirement in 2015. In 1996 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2015 was made a CBE for his work on chemical engineering education and safety. He is currently President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop

Throughout the day there is an ECR-Led workshop on Decarbonisation through large-scale Hydrogen Production and CCS Infrastructure

This will be run at the same venue between 11:00—17:00 and is open for members. Further information and register attendance >>

For those that cannot make it to the ECR Workshop, the IChemE North West Members Group are planning an evening lecture on Decarbonisation at their AGM on 25 June 2020, by Professor Joe Howe. (Please note this is still to be finalised).


17:00 for a 18:00 start.


Free parking is available. If the visitors car park, by the main entrance to the site, is full, proceed to the security kiosk and let the staff know you are attending the meeting. There is plenty of extra parking within the secure area, and you will be directed by security to a suitable parking area.

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