Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering


Chemical Engineering


Hestekin, Jamie

Committee Member/Reader

Clausen, Edgar


This report analyzes the profitability of building a grass roots Nylon 6,6 plant in Calvert City, Kentucky. A rigorous process simulation was produced, equipment prices were estimated, utility usage was assessed, and a plan for the plant organization was developed. The calculations yielded values for fixed capital investment ($10.5 million), working capital ($101 million) and revenue ($114 million). The discounted cash flow rate of return was calculated to be 8.94%. The conclusion drawn from these calculated values is that the current plan for the plant would not be profitable on a 10 year project life basis. However, recommendations are presented that suggest the plant’s profitability could increase after a more thorough analysis and changes in market conditions.