Wednesday, January 2, 2013

What's this process configuration called?

There's a relatively common process configuration for pilot and demonstration plants that operate at least in part continuously, where process steps are isolated in a modular fashion and tankage is placed between them to store intermediates/effluent.  It's a method of design that's focused on being a modular platform for testing and investigation rather than for a manufacturing campaign, such that individual process steps/units can be devoted to different teams for testing and investigation, but it can be integrated to achieve pseudo-steady state operation if need be. It looks approximately like this:

I've seen it in pilot and demonstration plants all over the place, but what is it called?  I want to not look like an idiot when I speak at a conference.