Process Safety Technical Areas

Deb Grubbe on Big Data in Chemical Engineering

May 14, 2015
Chemical engineer Deb Grubbe had an opportunity to sit down with CEP senior editor Michelle Bryner to talk about about how big data could be used to improve safety in the chemical...

Shell's Prelude FLNG Completes Major Construction

January 22, 2016
Shell has sent out a video update as its revolutionary Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project winds up major construction in Samsung’s Geoje shipyard in South Korea...

Conducting a Human Reliability Assessment to Support PHA and LOPA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 8:00am-8:30am
PHA and LOPA facilitators may struggle with Human Factors and Administrative controls in their team sessions for a variety of reasons. These could...

Forge Bonding: A Safer Metal Joining Process

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
When planning in-service repairs or enhancements that involve the joining of metals; sparks, flames and even elevated temperatures are a concern for...

Flameless Vent Testing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Flameless vents were developed and marketed for the first time over 25 years ago. The technology has evolved and been applied effectively in a wide...

Risk Based Process Safety Program in R & D Facility

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Research & Development facility comprises of pilot plants & laboratories which are designed & constructed to perform new experiments/...

NFPA Combustible Dust Standards - 2016 Update

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Every year, destructive and deadly dust-related fires and explosions affect a wide range of industries around the globe. In the United States alone,...

Design Considerations for Oily Water Lift Stations at Refineries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Oily water, a mixture of hydrocarbon residues and water, is contaminated water released during normal operations at an oil refinery. An oily water or...

Feasibility Study for Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Optical Gas Imaging

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Infrared (IR) cameras have been used extensively to detect hydrocarbon leaks from process equipment for both process safety and environmental...

Combustible Dust Hazard Assessment: A Risk Based Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
A CCPS Concept Book on performing Combustible Dust Hazard Assessments (CDHA) will be published later this year. This book is not meant to duplicate...

Safer and Smarter Sulfiding of Hydrotreating Catalysts

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:50am-9:15am
Catalyst sulfiding (aka "presulfiding") is a critical step to ensure that hydrotreating catalysts perform as designed after startup. In order to...

Is a Two-Inch Hole Adequate for a Siting Study?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:30am-9:00am
For several decades now, many consequence-based siting assessments (e.g., API RP 752) have relied upon a two-inch hole to represent what is termed a...

Shelter-in-place Design Considerations - How Safe is Safe Enough?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Facilities with potentially significant toxic and/or flammable hazards often establish shelter-in-place locations (SIPs) in order to mitigate risks...

40 Years of Worst Practices - Don't Do This!

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
ABSTRACT Having worked in the chemical and PSM industries since 1976, on this, the 40 th anniversary, I'd like to share with you some of the worst...

One Company's Observations on the Implementation of LOPA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is gaining popularity as a risk assessment tool, but often unexpected difficulties are encountered when rolling...

Human Factors and Their Impact on Plant Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
History is full of technology breakthroughs, all striving to increase productivity and efficiency, from the steam engine and the telegraph; we’ve...

Culture, Competence and Compliance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Atlantic LNG is one of the world’s largest producers of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). From our base in Trinidad, we operate a four-train liquefaction...

"Why All This Talk about Failure? What Happens If We Succeed?"

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 10:30am-11:00am
As engineers, we are trained to succeed—the right process design, the right application strategy, and the right diagnostic test. Of necessity,...

Beyond HAZOP and LOPA - Four Different Company Approaches

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 10:30am-12:00pm
Stepping Beyond HAZOP and LOPA J. Wayne Chastain, P.E. Eastman Chemical Company P.O. Box 511 B-18 Kingsport, TN 37662 (423) 224-0553 chastain@eastman...

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...

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...

Ethylene Decomposition: A Review

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:45am-10:00am
Under conditions of high pressure and temperature, ethylene can decompose to methane and carbon. This highly exothermic reaction, once initiated, is...

Risk Assessment Challenges to 20:20 Vision

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
A wide variety of hazard identification and risk analysis techniques are available. All techniques require knowledge in the fundamentals of the...

Unknown Aspects of Metal Dust Explosions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Dust explosions hazards have been addressed in a number of standards and guidelines aiming at supporting industry to work safely (including NFPA 61,...

Technology Validation Process for Offshore Gas Fields: A Winding Road

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:45am-11:15am
Technology Validation Process for Offshore Gas fields: A Winding Road Ankur Jariwala Senior Product Manager – Gas Technology Cameron Process Systems...

Auditing IPLs -- Using Safety Critical Functions Manuals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
The three criteria for an independent layer of protection (IPL) are effectiveness, independence, and auditability. The effectiveness and independence...

Human Performance Improvement Going Beyond Human Factors

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Today, chemical, petrochemical, and refining processes are better understood than ever. In addition, maintenance inspections and tests, and...

Retrofitting Burner Management Systems At Existing Furnaces

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Retrofitting Burner Management Systems at Existing Furnaces This paper presents a pragmatic approach for how to retrofit and safely operate the...

Calcium Stearate Deflagrations A Series of Unfortunate Events

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
A series of deflagrations occurred in a plant unloading Calcium Stearate from bulk bags. Each one had a different root cause and illustrates the...

Furnace Burner Management Practices within Nova Canada

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 3:00pm-3:15pm
Furnace Burner Management Practices within Nova Canada The focus of this paper will be on the cracking heaters at the NOVA Chemicals Corunna site,...

Lessons Learned From Fire in Air Supply Ducts

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
ABSTRACT Submitted for consideration to the 47 th LPS on Oct 31, 2012 Title: Lessons Learned from Fire in Air Supply Ducts Primary author: Al Waller...

LNG Technology Development at Air Products

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 12:00pm-12:30pm
This presentation will trace the beginning of MCR (mixed components refrigerant) and use of Coil Wound Heat Exchanger, from helium recovery to the...
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