Training Course Agendas

All of our training courses are provided at no charge.

These course agendas are a representation of the course material presented for the specific classes. All material is subject to change depending on the specific needs of the clients at each course. Please contact Bryan Research & Engineering for additional information on any training session.

BRE 231: Amine Sweetening

Upcoming Sessions

8/5/2024 - 8/6/2024Atyrau - - Kazakhstan
8/21/2024 - 8/22/2024Online - - North America


The Amine Sweetening course is a detailed discussion of amine solvents and the proper performance of acid gas removal units. The operating principles of these units are presented and modeled in ProMax®, as well as an exploration of the rationale for common variations seen in these process units.

In this two (2) day course ProMax users are given opportunities to explore and gain understanding of amine systems through extensive, hands-on use of ProMax models. The course demonstrates the tools available for plant design and process optimization.

Attendees will learn:

  • Amine properties and their significance in solvent selection
  • Industrially relevant processes used for acid gas removal
  • Specific applications of ProMax and its features with regards to amine units
  • Capabilities and features of ProMax simulation software
  • Plant modeling techniques and methods for design and troubleshooting


  • Any 100 level course or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of ProMax specifiers, solvers, and Scenario Tool


  • Instructor-led demonstrations
  • Hands-on simulation
  • Question-Answer
  • Open floor discussion


Installation of ProMax

The first step in all courses is to verify that ProMax is properly installed on each attendee’s computer.

Section 1: Sweetening Vapor-Phase Feeds

Covers sweetening processes for gases with amine systems.

  • Exercise 1: Amine Sweetening Review – A basic MDEA gas sweetening unit. Teaches recommended methods for simulating chemical solvent processes. Reviews the various simulation tools used throughout the course. Ends with a comparison to using MEA.
  • Exercise 2: Amine Sweetening Solvent Blends – A comparison between blends of generic MDEA and a blend of MDEA with DEA, piperazine, or phosphoric acid.
  • Exercise 3: Amine Contactor – A demonstration of the tools in ProMax to troubleshoot, design, and investigate the efficiency of amine absorption columns. Explores modeling both trayed and packed absorber columns.
  • Exercise 4: Rich Flash – Studies the effect of using a rich flash drum and how to model a flash gas contactor.
  • Exercise 5: Amine Regenerator – Explores the tools used in ProMax to troubleshoot, design, and investigate the efficiency of amine regenerator columns.
  • Exercise 6: Column Approach – Examines the connection between stage equilibrium, lean and rich approaches and process stability.
  • Exercise 7: Improving Process Efficiency – Provides an opportunity to put the principles discussed in class into practice.
Section 2: Sweetening Liquid-Phase Feeds

Discusses the removal of acid gases and mercaptans from liquid hydrocarbon feeds.

  • Exercise 8: Liquid Treating with Amines – Illustrates how to model liquid treating with amines for acid gas removal.
  • Exercise 9: Liquid Treating with Caustic – Demonstrates modeling thermal and oxidative regeneration of caustic treating units for the removal of mercaptans from hydrocarbon liquids.
Notes About the Agenda:

Our agenda is provided to give the approximate material to be covered in the course, in the approximate order it will be covered. All courses we provide will be tailored to the needs of the host company providing the training accommodations, as well as the needs of the course attendees. Some courses may cover additional topics, while some may cover less than indicated in the agenda.

Some courses may be shortened to one or two days when represented by a three-day agenda. These courses will typically cover both process simulation and process optimization topics, but will exclude several exercises. Please contact our training team here: Contact Training, or through the consulting engineer for your region, for specific information for any course.