Course detail


FSI-KTRAcad. year: 2017/2018

Troubleshooting means solving of process operation troubles. In other words "what to do if process works differently from requirements".
Various strategies and manuals for solution of troubles are presented on practical examples of process plants (butadiene production, styrene production, ABS copolymer production and others):
- problem identification;
- searching and verification of causes;
- solution proposal;
- realization and evaluation.
The subject includes also video presentations of practical examples.
Good knowledge of Process Engineering basics is expected (material and energy balance, chemical process field measurement, process hydraulics, heat exchange).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Using an entertainment form students will practice their basic process engineering knowledge and judgement in the field of mass and energy balances, hydraulics and heat exchange. The most common design procedures and design failures will be discussed. The lectures are based on real process plants problems.


Basic knowlege of chemistry, physics, physical chemistry and mathematics.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Liebermann: Troubleshooting, McGraw-Hill (1998).
Neužil, L., Míka, V.,: Chemické inženýrství I., VŠCHT Praha (1997).
Míka, V., Neužil, L., : Chemické inženýrství II., VŠCHT Praha (1997).
Kister, H.: Distillation Operation, McGraw-Hill (1995).
Míka, V., Neužil, L., Vlček, J., : Příklady a úlohy z chemického inženýrství I a II, VŠCHT Praha (1997).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through exercises which are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit requirments: Active participation in seminars, written examination.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Lead-in to Troubleshooting
2. Troubleshooting Methods
3. Data Collection in the Industrial Practice
4. Utilities
5. Heat Transfer Processes (Heating, Cooling)
6. Transport of Gases and Liquids
7. Mass Transfer Processes (Distillation, Absorption)
8. Process Control


The course objective is to make students familiar with the process problems of Butadiene plant, Synthetic rubber plant, Styrene plant, ABS plant etc. Students will practice troubleshooting procedures (Problem identification, Possible causes determination and dentification, Problem fixing, Results evaluation).

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The attendance at exercises is compulsory and checked.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-PRI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit


Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to Troubleshooting.
2. Energy streams and Auxiliaries – the most common problem causes.
3. Process Heating (heating fluids, heating systems).
4. Heaters, reboilers, fired heaters.
5. Process Cooling (cooling fluids, cooling systems).
6. Coolers, condensers.
7. Transport of process liquids and gases.
8. Pumps, compressors.
9. Pipelines.
10. Distillation columns, internals and auxiliary equipment.
11. Process measurement and control.