Training Course Agendas

All of our training courses are provided at no charge.

These course agendas are a representation of the course material presented for the specific classes. All material is subject to change depending on the specific needs of the clients at each course.

Some courses may be shortened to one or two days when represented by a three day agenda; these courses will typically cover the first day or two days worth of material. Please contact Bryan Research & Engineering for additional information on any training session.

BRE 311: Refinery Reactors


The Refinery Reactor course is designed to provide a deeper understanding of multiphase catalytic fixed bed reactors using ProMax®’s AutoKinetic® Reactor blocks. Processes include hydrocracking, hydrotreating, hydrodesulfurization, and catalytic reforming.

Attendees will learn:

  • Process technologies used in hydrocracking, hydrotreating/desulfirzation, and catalytic reforming.
  • Specific applications of ProMax to simulate multiphase catalytic fixed bed reactors
  • Capabilities and features of the AutoKinetic solutions for large reaction networks and rate kinetics.
  • Plant modeling techniques and methods, specifically towards configuring and sizing catalytic fixed beds.
  • Strategies on the estimation of kinetic parameters from plant data


  • BRE 211 or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of ProMax Specifiers, Solvers, and Scenario Tool®


  • Instructor-led demonstrations
  • Hands-on simulation
  • Question-Answer
  • Open floor discussion


Day 1: Introduction to AutoKinetic Reactors

The first step in all courses is to verify that ProMax is properly installed on each attendee’s computer. This will be followed by an overview of reaction engineering fundamentals and their application to refining processes.

Day 1: Reaction Networks and Kinetics of Refining Processes

  • Exercise 1: Reaction Sets – An introduction to the generation of reaction networks for the transformation of hydrocarbons over solid acids from Carbenium Ion Chemistry and the prediction of reaction rates from Single-Event Kinetics. Attendees will build a series of increasingly complex reaction networks for common refining processes.

Day 1: Multiphase Flow in Particle Beds

  • Exercise 2: Deciphering catalytic fixed bed reactors – This exercise introduces the phenomena governing the hydrodynamics of catalytic fixed bed reactors. It describes how to specify flow configurations, mixing regimes and particle loading among others to achieve a desired flow pattern (e.g. Trickle flow) as found in common refining processes.

Day 2: Application to Refining Conversion Processes

  • Exercise 3: ISOM unit – A case study on the conceptual design of an ISOM unit. From a base case, attendees will devise optimal operating conditions for octane improvement under constraints on feedstock availability.
  • Exercise 4: Simple Kinetics Calibrator – An introduction to the estimation of kinetic parameters from plant data.

Day 3: Parameter Estimation and Process Scale-Up

  • Exercise 5: SHU unit – A case study on selective hydrogenation. Starting from the pilot plant data, attendees will scale-up a multiphase reactor to commercial scale and perform parameter estimation of a generic Metal/Acid catalyst.

Notes About the Agenda:

Our agenda is provided to give the approximate material to be covered in the course, in the approximate order it will be covered. All courses we provide will be tailored to the needs of the host company providing the training accommodations, as well as the needs of the course attendees. Some courses may cover additional topics, while some may cover less than indicated in the agenda.

Some courses may be shortened to one or two days when represented by a three-day agenda. These courses will typically cover both process simulation and process optimization topics, but will exclude several exercises. Please contact our training team here: Contact Training, or through the consulting engineer for your region, for specific information for any course.