Advanced Design Project 2024


From 12th to 23rd February 2024, the two-week Advanced Design Project of the technical chemistry took place where the students planned a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) producing plant and investigated an optimization task. This year, the course was supported by LyondellBasell who enabled the students to visit their site in Wesseling on the 27th and 28th February.

All participants of the Advanced Design Project 2024.

In this year’s Advanced Design Project (ADP), 74 students worked on the topic of planning the high-density polyethylene (Hostalen) plant of LyondellBasell in Wesseling and to complete an optimization task in the following. The students worked in groups on different topics about the production of HDPE over the course of two weeks. This included the description of the mass balance, polymerization kinetics, separation, heat integration, cost estimation and safety.

The ADP is strongly internationally influenced, as apart from the technical chemistry master students, participants from mechanical engineering of TU Darmstadt, chemical engineering of Provadis Hochschule Frankfurt, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (Rapid City, SD, USA) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN, USA) joined the course.

To round up the course following the final presentations, a traditional gathering of students and coaches was organized with pizza and drinks.