Born To Be Plastic

General description

The pedagogical objective of this week's course is to present to students one of the major industries : the transformation of petrol into plastic. Apart from a general presentation of that domain, en emphasis will be put on two of the major operations : the distillation of petrol and the polymerisation of vinyl chloride monomer for the synthesis of PVC.

The visit of a refinery, a research center of the petrochemical industry and a production plant of PVC will serve as a support for the theoretical lessons, during which experts in that field will contribute. The recycling, energy savings and security aspects of this industry will also be adresed. Finally, half a day will be spent in a formation center for operators of the chemical industry and will enable some familiarization with handling a semi-industrial distillation operation.

Academic information

Content and topics:
The course will contain an introduction on the plastic production chain as well as introductory lectures about the conception and dimensioning of 2 main operations (distillation and polymerisation). Students will also visit the refinery and research center of Total as well as a formation center in Chemical industries.
Learning goals and objectives:
This course should give a good overview of plastic production, with presentations and demonstrations done by various teachers from the university and from companies.
Examination type:
Oral presentation on a chosen topic, by groups
ECTS credits issued:
Not known yet

Information for applicants

Selection criteria:
Motivation Letter and Questionnaire

Practical arrangements

All of the following are covered by the event fee:

Youth Hostel in the center
1 hot meal per day + breakfast and sandwiches
Public transport