Process Integration Research Consortium

About Us

The Centre for Process Integration at the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (CEAS), The University of Manchester*, is a world leader in the field of process design and integration with an outstanding international reputation for the quality of its research and technology transfer.

Process Integration at CEAS, has a long established record of successfully working with industry and was awarded First Prize by the UK government's Department of Trade and Industry for the best example of technology transfer between a university and industry.

The key to this successful relationship is the Process Integration Research Consortium, which was founded in 1984 with 6 multinational companies, which has grown to over 30 organisations but now has 9 major companies representing different aspects of the process and utility industries. The Consortium provides considerable financial and technical support for the Research Programme.

The Consortium provides a focal point for research and development of process integration methodologies for the member companies, and rapid technology transfer through software and training.

The Department's relationship with the Consortium companies is close, flexible and productive. The close links with industry ensure that our work is practically orientated and helps engineers to solve real problems.

*In 2004 UMIST merged with The Victoria University of Manchester to form The University of Manchester.

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PIRC Meeting:

PIRC Meeting: 25th - 26th October 2017

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How to join us

We welcome inquiries from major companies across the whole process, manufacturing, water, and power generation sectors of industry.

Our membership reflects many multi-national companies with a diverse range of interests.

Membership is by formal agreement and on an annual basis. The current membership fee is £18,000 per annum. There is no joining fee.

The exchange of concepts, experiences and ideas amongst a powerful cross section of industry world-wide, is one of the most fascinating aspects of the Consortium. For this to stay that way, members need to be active and enthusiastic.

If you would like to know more about the Consortium we would be pleased to visit you and would also welcome a visit from you . Download PIRC Brochure (Pdf file)

Introducton to the Centre for Process Integration (CPI). Download CPI Introduction (Pdf file)


If you require any further information please contact us.

Research programme

In the past, the major research emphasis in process design has been placed on the analysis, or simulation, of processes. The synthesis of processes, or Process Integration, has in comparison received little attention. The Centre for Process Integration at the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (The University of Manchester) is dedicated to the development of design methodologies in the field of process integration.

The origins of the Research Programme in the early 1980s were rooted in energy conservation. Today the programme has broadened to take account of the drive towards greater efficiency in the use of raw materials in general and of increasing pressure to design processes which are environmentally friendly. An objective, which runs through all aspects of the programme, is the efficient use of capital. Despite the fact that the Programme has broadened in its scope and objectives, the tradition and values, which were established in the early days of the Programme in the field of energy conservation, have been maintained. Our objective is to develop as deep an understanding as possible of the physical principles, which underlie process integration problems. Once the principles have been understood, our objective is to then develop these into practical methodologies, employing the necessary mathematical algorithms.

Our methods attempt, where possible, to maintain a two-step approach to solving process integration problems. The first step sets targets without having to carry out design. Such targets can be used to scope and screen many design options quickly and efficiently. The second step provides systematic design methods to allow the targets to be achieved in practice.

We traditionally follow our methodologies through to their first applications to ensure that they are indeed practical and do meet the requirements of the process designers. To enable this, we work closely with members of The Process Integration Research Consortium.

The Research Programme in Process Integration at CEAS (The University of Manchester) is devoted to four broad research themes: efficient use of raw materials, energy efficiency, emissions reduction and process operations. All four themes emphasise the efficient use of capital throughout.

Benefits of membership

Members of the Consortium have direct and privileged access to the results of the Research, which are passed on with minimum restriction. All we require is co-operation in protecting The University of Manchester's right to publish these at a later date as our original work.

Membership provides the following key benefits each year:

  • Gearing: Access to the results of £1.8 million per year of research for only £18,000 per year.
  • Software : Provision of software packages developed for the members. We develop our software programs in the Department for the use of our Consortium members. This facilitates rapid and effective technology transfer. The packages are updated each year to include our latest research results. They have an easy to use WINDOWS interface and are backed by technical and workshop support along with effective documentation.
  • On-line Workshops : On-line workshops are available to all member companies to facilitate employee understanding of the developing technologies and use of the software applications
  • Conferences: Participation in the Annual Conference for as many delegates as the company wishes to send.
  • Research Results : Are presented at the Annual Conference giving at least two to three years lead-time before they appear in the public domain.
  • Publications : Advance copies of all our publications.
  • Direct Interface : A forum and network that facilitates direct personal contact between the major users of the technology and the research team.
  • Newsletters : Quarterly newsletters keep members regularly up to date with what we are doing.
  • Quality Assurance : Through knowledge of the state-of-the-art in process integration, the quality of designs, and design and software services can be assessed.
  • Advisory Board Membership : Each member has a nominated representative on the Consortium Advisory Board, which reviews and advises the Department on research direction, expectations, software and training needs. The Chairman of the board is elected by the members.


2016-17 Training programme

PIRC Webinar 2016-17 Schedule

To register for any of the following working sessions and research presentations please email

A synopsis for each working session/presentation will be circulated to PIRC representatives a few weeks before the deadline date.

If there are any topics from previous presentations/workshops that are of specific interest  to  PIRC members just contact us and we will try an include your requirements into the schedule


Month 2016

Webinar type



Dates and times

(UK time)

Registration deadline


Research Presentation

Low Cost Heat Exchanger Network Retrofit

Mary Akpomiemie (PIL)

Wednesday 15th Feb

16:00 - 17:00

Tuesday 14th Feb


Research Presentation

Fouling Modelling in Heat Exchanger Networks

Jose Loyola Fuentes

Wednesday 8th March

16:00 – 17:00

Tuesday 7th March


Research Presentation

Design of Flexible Heat-integrated Crude Oil Distillation Units

Dauda Ibrahim

Wednesday 26th April

16:00 – 17:00

Tuesday 25th April


Research Presentation

Fouling in Heat Exchanger Networks – research review

Professor Robin Smith

Wednesday 3rd May

16:00 – 17:00

Tuesday 2nd May


Research Presentation

Water and waste water minimization - review

Steve Doyle

Wednesday 7th June

16:00 – 17:00

Tuesday 6th June


Research Presentation

Heat Exchanger Networks using detailed models

Steve Doyle

Wednesday 12th July

16:00 – 17:00

Tuesday 11th July


Research Presentation

Distillation – Targeting and sequencing - Technology Review

TBC/Steve Doyle

Wednesday 16th August

16:00 – 17:00

Tuesday 15th August


Research Presentation

Refinery Hydrogen systems  - overview

TBC/Steve Doyle


Wednesday 20th September

16:00 – 17:00

Tuesday 19th September


PIRC Annual Meeting

PIRC Annual Meeting

Manchester, UK


Wednesday 25th October

Thursday 26th October



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