A liquid-phase batch process operated by a client had potential for conversion to a continuous process, which would increase the capacity of the unit. The process included hazardous materials with stringent requirements for temperature control. AVN prepared a process design for a unit, based on a small CSTR. Design safety reviews were held with client representatives, and the pilot unit was then constructed. After a final safety review, the unit was started up. Operational issues were identified and corrected, which in some cases required redesigning segments of the unit. When continuous operation was achieved, the results demonstrated the validity of the concept and provided information on the next steps recommended for scale-up.
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