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Process Safety Boot Camp

Public (classroom) Course
Offered in North America, this intensive and highly interactive 4-day course trains chemical engineers in the fundamentals of Process Safety. Taught...

Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)

CCPS was established in 1985 to focus on engineering and management practices that can prevent and mitigate catastrophic accidents involving release of hazardous materials. CCPS is supported by sponsors in the chemical and hydrocarbon process industries and active worldwide via conferences, books, databases, education, research, and more.

Benefits of Intelligent Drawing Practices

Jul 29, 2015
This presentation details how to identify opportunities for improved drawing practices and how these practices can shape your facility’s ability to...

Emissions Testing of Pressure Assisted Flare Burners

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:45am-10:00am
The flare system for a new US Gulf Coast propylene production unit will be a multipoint ground flare utilizing pressure assisted burners. The...

Flare Regulatory Trends and Impact on Ethylene Manufacture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 8:35am-9:00am
Global attention on improving oil and gas, refinery, petrochemical, and related industrial flaring practices continues its forward advance intimately...

Bhopal 30 Years Later

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 3:45pm-4:30pm
On the early morning of December 3rd 1984 a large release of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas occurred in a pesticide production plant located in Bhopal,...

Fire from the Cascading Failure of an Oxygen Supply System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
This paper discusses the investigation, findings, and root cause analysis of a fire due to the loss of oxygen containment in an ethylene oxide...

Planning Early for Compressor Surge Avoidance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Compressor stations are installed at regular interval to drive the flow of gas in a pipeline. The principal component of the compressor station is...

Engineering Safe Pressure Relief for Existing Flare Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 11:15am-11:45am
Designing a safe and cost-effective pressure relief system is a constant concern for Engineers working to design safe facilities. Existing flare...

A Miss, Amiss, a Near Miss

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
Working Titles: Here a Miss, There a Miss, Everywhere a Near Miss Has your Near Miss Program Gone Amiss? Amiss, A Miss, A Near Miss Catastrophic...

Statistical Review of Runaway Reaction Kinetics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
The calculated self-heating rate of vinyl acetate polymerization runaway reaction was analyzed by means of statistical tools. The data come from a...

Chemical Incompatibility Matrices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
Chemical Incompatibility Matrices Michelle R. Murphy and Surendra K. Singh ioKinetic, LLC 95 Stiles Road, Salem, New Hampshire 03079, USA murphy@...

New Building Siting Using Risk-Based Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
Growth in the energy and petrochemical sectors has seen a surge in the expansion of existing facilities (brown-fields) and construction of new...

Speaker 3: Deborah Grubbe

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 9:00am-9:30am

CFD Modeling of Air Emissions from Controlled Flare Tests

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 9:00am-9:30am
Although significant progress has been made in developing technologies capable of measuring flare efficiencies and emissions in situ, essential...

Speaker 2: Lloyd F. Colegrove

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 8:30am-9:00am

Modification of the DIERS Fire Exposure Test Methodology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 8:00am-8:30am
There is a need to be able to obtain proper runaway data for reactions where fire exposure is a credible scenario. Where the engineering design has...

Refinery Power Outages-Caues, Costs & Solutions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Unplanned refinery shutdowns hit company earnings two ways: lost production and potential liabilities for excess flaring and unsafe operations. In...

Hazardous Material Transportation Perceived Risks & Risk Management

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Overview of presentation: •Transportation Supply Chain & Network •Expansion of the System •Perceived Risks •Accident Rates •Transportation Risk...

Surviving an OSHA PSM National Emphasis Program Audit

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) instituted a “National Emphasis Program” to conduct both targeted and random inspections of...

Mercury Removal in Ethylene Plants: An Update and a Case Study

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:00pm-5:00pm
Ethylene producers have faced the challenge of feedstock contaminants for decades. Mercury is one of the contaminants often present in ethylene plant...

Cracking Furnace Line Flushing Pre-Commissioning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:00pm-4:15pm
The abundance of low cost shale gas has led to numerous projects in North America to expand existing or construct new ethylene production units. Most...

Human Factors Considerations: Midstream Process Safety Integration

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Midstream oil and gas companies are coming into their own. For example, according to Deloitte (2014), “Midstream energy companies’ share of overall...

Case Study on SMALL-Scale LNG Facility Expansion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
With the influx of natural gas production throughout the United States, the small-scale LNG market is growing at a rapid pace. One option to take...

Robotic Convection Bank Cleaning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:45pm-3:15pm
Ethylene cracking heaters like other box fired heaters in the refining and petrochemical industry represent a significant investment in a plant...

Huaa...When Local Learning and Casual Sharing Is Not Enough

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
As a consequence of the Deepwater Horizon blowout and explosion, Bhopal and Piper Alpha, we have the PSM standard and SEMS rule. This helps ensure...

Developing Credible Scenarios for a PHA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
OSHA’s Compliance Guidelines and Recommendations for the PSM Standard states “A PHA is an organized and systematic effort to identify and analyze the...

Ten Commandments of Risk Based Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF PROCESS SAFETY Thou shall honor thy container Thou shall always maintain a sense of vulnerability Thou shall eliminate...

A Modern Well HAZOP Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Although hazard identification and risk assessment are regarded as key factors in present Gulf of Mexico regulatory environment, practical...

Dow Learnings & Actions from the Deepwater Horizon Accident

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Dow Learnings & Actions from the Deepwater Horizon Accident The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion on April 20, 2010, killed 11 workers,...

Toxicity-Hazard Index and the "Infinite Point"

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 11:15am-11:45am
TOXICITY-HAZARD INDEX AND THE “INFINITE POINT” Richard W. Prugh, Principal Process Safety Engineer Chilworth Technology, Inc., a Dekra Company 113...

Active Versus Passive Fire Protection - Getting the Balance Right

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:59am-11:21am
A key question often asked when trying to evaluate the effectiveness of a fire protection system is how to strike a balance between active and fire...

Effect of Body Bowl Choking on Pressure Relief Valve Stability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
It is known that the velocity at the outlet flange of conventional PRV (Pressure Relief Valve) reaches the sonic velocity in case of larger size of...

1987 Celanese Pampa Butane Vapor Cloud Explosion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
On Saturday November 14, 1987, the presenter personally witnessed a catastrophic vapor cloud explosion at the Celanese Chemicals facility in Pampa,...

Consequence Modeling of Dynamic Source Terms

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
While several dispersion modeling tools provide modeling tools for static situations, it is challenging to model conditions when there are several...

Changing Demographics: Preserving Safety and Increasing Performance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
While process plants under development hold promise for innovative technology, movement from analogue to digital control rooms, and the latest in...

Modelling Liquid Fuel Cascades with Open Foam

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
Modelling Liquid Fuel Cascades with OpenFoam M. Macchi1, J.X. Wen2*, K. Volkov1 and Y. Chung2 1Centre for Fire and Explosion Studies, Kingston...

How Does "Deviation" Become "Normal"?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
How does "deviation" become "normal"? How does deviation from established safe practices become institutionalized within an organization? Conducting...

Steam Control in Elevated Steam Assisted Flares

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:05am-10:30am
Steam assisted flares are commonly used in the petrochemical industry. Over-steaming of these flares can be a cause of incomplete combustion. But,...

Ignorance Is No Defense...Audit Management Best Practices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 9:00am-9:30am
What gets measured gets done. Whether it's for process safety management risk management ISO, OHSAS or equivalent, the audit element is essential to...
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