University meets industry:
The Department of Process Engineering at Hamburg University of Technology visits Glatt Ingenieurtechnik in Weimar

As part of the “Projektierungskurs” (Project Planning Course) of the Department of Process Engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology, we had the pleasure of welcoming the students last week to give an insight into our company.

The Department of Process Engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology organizes an annual project planning course “Projektierungskurs”, which this year was organized by the Institute of Solids Process Engineering and Particle Technology, in cooperation with Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH, Weimar. In this course, the students had the opportunity to work on an exciting topic from industry, which was prepared by Dr. Christian Rieck and Arne Teiwes from Glatt Ingenieurtechnik.

The aim was to find the best solution for the operating conditions and heat recovery/integration for an industrial scale continuous spray granulation process. Thereby a concentrated aqueous salt solution is transferred to anhydrous salt granulates in a fluidized bed operated with superheated steam at elevated temperatures.

A second focus was on finding an alternative method for fine particle classification in the product fractionation process. The students worked on the topic for roughly one month, starting with the conceptualization, research and simulation of the processes and finally taking sustainability and costs into account.

After working on the topic in its entirety, and a final presentation of the results, Glatt invited the course participants to their company site including the Glatt Technology Center in Weimar. After a great reception and lunch, including the famous Thuringian sausages, the students were given a thorough tour of the company’s various departments. Based on the students feedback, it seemed to be impressive to see how well coordinated the company is in dealing with a wide range of modern-day challenges and thereby delivering state of the art tailored processing concepts to customers.

The day was then rounded off with a tour of Weimar organized by the students themselves. Special thanks go to Prof. Stefan Heinrich, Dr. Sophia Rothberg, Kathrin Kramm, Robert Kräuter and Abdullah Sadeq from the Institute of Solids Process Engineering and Particle Technology for organizing and supervising the course. Special thanks also go to Arne Teiwes and Dr. Christian Rieck, for providing the topic and supporting the students during the course. And last but not least, we would also like to thank the students for their active participation and interest.