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Industrial Process Scale-up by Jan Harmsen

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Chapter 3

Ideation and Research Stages

3.1 Ideation Stage

3.1.1 Sources of Ideas

In the ideation stage ideas about novel process concepts are generated, ranked and the best are selected to be pursued in the research stage. Novel process ideas may be obtained from open literature, visiting conferences and brainstorm sessions.

However, a major source of ideas for new processes is also by focusing on problems of existing processes. But ways to obtain these problems are in my experience far from obvious. I remember from when I was advising senior technologist in a department of advising technologist at a large chemicals manufacturing site that young process engineers would go to the plant managers and ask them what problems they had, so that he or ...

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