Typically 3-5 days
- Short lab scale tests to establish whether a given process is likely to work in a continuous mode
- Requires good understanding of physical organic chemistry and chemical engineering matched with extensive experience of continuous processing
Based on analysis of the target process, a short feasibility study can quickly establish whether continuous processing will offer any advantages. These are often a series of short runs to show that there is some conversion or desirable selectivity. A study may be focused on demonstrating that a key aspect of the process can operate under flow conditions (eg can a slurry be pumped without settling or can a gas be introduced). These types of feasibility studies may be based on running ‘water’ batches (ie without the actual reagents or other hazardous materials).
Typically feasibility studies will use small scale equipment such as our Coflore® ACR systems which have similar characteristics to our larger pilot and plant scale systems. This quickly provides early data that indicates the potential benefits of running the target process in continuous mode and where further experiments should be targeted.