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 234: Sour Water Stripping


The Sour Water Stripping course is a detailed discussion of sour water units and various configurations in which they may operate. 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 one (1) day course ProMax users are given opportunities to explore and gain understanding of sour water systems through extensive, hands-on use of ProMax models. The course demonstrates the tools available for plant design and process optimization.

Attendees will learn:

  • Industrially relevant processes used for sour water stripping
  • Specific applications of ProMax and its features with regards to sour water 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: Sour Water Stripping and Modeling Fundamentals

Covers introductory theory for sour water strippers and how to model the process in ProMax.

  • Exercise 1: Sour Water Stripping Basics – A basic Sour Water Stripping (SWS) unit. Users will learn how to model a sour water stripper using a Mass + Heat Transfer column, while utilizing tools learned in introductory ProMax courses (Simple Specifiers, Column Specifications, Property Stencils, etc.). Includes an option to model the tower with packing.
Section 2: Stripping Configurations

Discusses different process designs and how to model them in ProMax.

  • Exercise 2: SWS with Pumparound – Demonstrates converting a sour water stripper with partial condenser to using a pumparound loop. Utilizes Scenario Tool for process optimization.
  • Exercise 3: SWS with Thermosiphon Reboiler – Illustrates converting a sour water stripper with a kettle type reboiler to a thermosiphon reboiler.
  • Exercise 4: Dual Column Sour Water Stripper – A demonstration of modeling a sour water stripper with a dual column design.
Section 3: Stripping Media and Additives

Discusses the effects of stripping agents and caustic additives.

  • Exercise 5: Comparing Stripping Utilities – Compares the use of natural gas, nitrogen, and steam as stripping agents in lieu of a reboiler.
  • Exercise 6: Caustic Additives – Examines modeling caustic additives and the effects on the performance of a Sour Water Stripper.
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.