Scale-up Online Training Series

Date From: tbc
Location: Worldwide
Description: Learn how to reproduce physical processes at different length-scales using the powerful tool of dimensional analysis
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: Online course
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1788 534496
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The course offers a unified approach to the broad subject of process equipment scale-up. It starts with an introduction to dimensional analysis. This leads to describing complex phenomena using dimensionless groups. The principle of similarity is the basis used for creating identical processes at different length scales. The adopted approach is practical, drawing on several examples and exercises from a wide range of process engineering. The course will benefit anyone who is interested in learning more about the principles of successful scale-up and will be relevant to the R&D community working at the lab- and pilot scale. It will also be of potential benefit to design engineers, and to operating engineers who are considering plant modifications.

By the end of this course, you will be able to apply dimensional analysis to physical and chemical processes, be able to describe a physical process with a complete set of dimensionless group, be able to use the principle of similarity to reproduce identical processes at different length-scales and know how to cope with variable physical properties in scale-up.

What's included in the series?

  • four 60-minute sessions
  • text Q&A with the trainer
  • three digital recordings for your personal use
  • digital copies of all slides and supporting materials (PDF) for your personal use
  • e-certificate of attendance, including hours allocation, for CPD purposes  

The benefits of IChemE online learning

  • save money: no travel, subsistence or accommodation costs
  • stay productive: limit your time away from the office
  • learn in manageable, concentrated, bite-size, one-hour chunks
  • review or refresh the learning at your convenience with digital recordings of each module
  • choose the modules you need - you don't need to buy them all

Course outline

  • Module 1: Use of dimensional analysis and Buckingham’s π-theorem to represent complex physical phenomena
  • Module 2: Describing complex physical processes using dimensionless groups
  • Module 3: Similarity, partial similarity and scale-up
  • Module 4: Treatment of variable physical properties in scale-up using dimensional analysis


Full course (4 modules): £235 + VAT (available as recordings)


The presentation will be delivered via GoToWebinar®. 

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You are advised to join the online training session at least ten minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow for your computer to connect.

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Dr Jamie Cleaver, PhD, CEng, FIChemE, consultant

Jamie is a chemical engineer who specialises in training and facilitation. His main training activities include conveying chemical engineering to non-chemical engineers, and helping technical professionals to develop their key skills of communication, teamwork, leadership, mentoring and creative problem-solving.

Jamie received his first degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Surrey, followed by his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He embarked on a successful research career as a Post-Doc, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey. Throughout his academic work, Jamie collaborated closely with industry, gaining experience of the related technical, commercial, and inter-personal challenges. Jamie currently works on a freelance basis for companies, institutions and universities. An Associate Tutor post at the University of Surrey enables him to maintain a contribution to teaching and research.

Duration for CPD recording purposes: 1 hour per module.

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