Field trips in JuneAVT
Evonik Industry AG
During the annual excursion week, the CVT research chair took 20 students to the Evonik Industries AG in Marl. After an instructive presentation, the group visited the process engineering section of Evonik and gained insight on the newest processes. The tour through the factory premises was particularly exciting for the students, since they experienced process engineering up close. The visit to the acryl acid plant also highlighted the major differences in the respective approaches taken by research and industry. During a subsequent five-minute tour through the process control section, all attendants learned about the effect of superabsorbers in baby diapers. Any arising questions were answered in detail throughout the whole trip, so if you have any questions regarding watering your plants this summer, just ask the attendants of the trip as they now have the knowledge you seek!
This year, for the first time, the Institute of Fluid Process Engineering in cooperation with Covestro AG offered a field trip to the chlorine production facilities of the Leverkusen CHEMPARK. A group of 2 scientific assistants and 19 students participated in the field trip. Upon arrival at the Leverkusen CHEMPARK, the group was warmly received by Mr. Weber, Research & Development Manager of the department, and Mr. Großholz, Plant Manager. In a presentation, the chlorine production facilities and the development of new processes by Basic Chemicals was explained in detail by Mr. Weber. Afterwards, a visit to the chlorine production facilities and the chlorine technology center took place, guided by Mr. Großholz. In a closing question and answer sessions, the students had the opportunity to inform themselves about further research topics of Covestro AG, as well as about possibilities to conduct their student theses at Covestro AG.
On May 24th, AVT.SVT held its 6th annual field trip to BASF in Ludwigshafen. This time, 22 students majoring in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Automation Engineering joined the trip. The day started with a guided tour of BASF’s visitor center and a bus tour through the world’s largest chemical site. During lunch, and a subsequent discussion session with participants divided into small groups, the students got in touch with RWTH alumni who now work for BASF. The trip concluded with a tour of the acrylic acid plant, leaving everybody impressed with the sheer size and complexity of a chemical plant on an industrial scale.