The Koch Modular pilot plant facility in Houston, TX specializes in the development and testing of mass transfer processes, including distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, stripping, and reaction chemistry. Research findings from our pilot plant are used to design full-scale separation equipment serving the Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Petrochemical, Biotech, Food, and Flavor & Fragrance industries.
VLE and LLE Equilibrium Studies
The first step in the process of pilot plant testing is often the development of vapor-liquid equilibrium (VLE) or liquid-liquid equilibrium (LLE) data. Accurate VLE and LLE data are fundamental for the design of mass transfer processes, but are often not available in literature and must be developed prior to the design effort. Koch Modular employs a staff of experienced process engineers who cost-effectively design the test programs, interpret the resulting experimental data, and use pilot plant testing to confirm a design.
Flexible, State-of-the-Art Pilot Plant Facility
With more than 5,000 square feet of floor space and 32 feet of headroom, our facility is equipped for both bench- and pilot-scale testing. Our ability to modify column internals and auxiliary equipment gives us the flexibility to test different configurations and quickly arrive at an optimum solution. Our in-house analytical department supports all pilot tests, providing customers with on-the-spot feedback and reducing time spent in the pilot plant.
Pilot tests are performed over a range of operating conditions to measure mass transfer efficiency and determine optimum conditions. Sufficient data for scale-up is routinely generated within one week of testing for each process step. With our many years of experience, Koch Modular has developed proven correlations that provide accurate scale-up from pilot to commercial size.
Full-Scale Separation Equipment
The final product of the pilot plant test is a report containing the operating data necessary to allow Koch Modular to design and supply the complete commercial-scale separation equipment, which carries a Process Performance Guarantee.