Chem-E-Car Competition Rules


As part of AIChE's commitment to safety in industry and laboratory environments, student teams and their advisors will be asked to demonstrate a commitment to safety awareness, safety planning, and safe practices as a standard component of their participation. All teams are required to carefully read and review all Chem-E-Car documents to fully understand the requirements to safely compete at an AIChE Chem-E-Car Competition®.

New Rules 2015

Please review the full 2015 Regional Conference Rules and note the following change from 2014: Maximum Operating Pressure. This is the highest pressure within the vessel during normal operation. For initial design purposes the maximum operating pressure can be estimated from the stoichiometry — but the actual pressure must still be measured once the car is operational. For example, a proposed reaction, when operating the car with its heaviest load (500 grams water) and longest distance (100 ft), can develop more than 200 psig, assuming complete reaction. If the MAWP is known for the vessel, the maximum operating pressure must always be below the MAWP. As a rule of thumb the maximum operating pressure should be no greater than 90% of the MAWP. No vehicle is permitted to have a pressure greater than 500 psig.

See Complete Rules & Examples

Note: Be sure to complete the Chem-E-Car Safety Training and Test before your Regional Conference. Participants must complete the safety tests within the year that the competition takes place, i.e. those competing in the 2015 Regional Conference competitions must complete the test in 2015.

Chem-E-Car Safety Training & Test

Chem-E-Car Official Rules 2015

Chem-E-Car Safety Rules 2015

Safety Rules Verification Page 2015

EDP Safety Checklist 2015

EDP Example Package (from 2012, new 2015 rules not reflected)

Job Safety Assessment (JSA) Form (include in your EDP) 2015

Chem-E-Car Certification 2015

Management of Change Request Form 2015

EDP Submission

A completed Engineering Documentation Package MUST be completed for each Regional Conference by the date listed below.

2015 Student Regional Conference Host



EDP due

North Central University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign January 30, 2015
Northeast MIT & Northeastern University February 7, 2015
Mid-America University of Kansas March 6, 2015

University of South Florida

March 13, 2015
Mid-Atlantic University of Maryland March 13, 2015
Pacific Northwest University of British Columbia March 20, 2015
Rocky Mountain University of Colorado, Boulder March 20, 2015
Southwest University of Texas at Austin March 27, 2015
Western California State Polytechnic University, Pomona March 27, 2015

A photograph showing your COMPLETELY assembled car must be in the EDP. Your EDP must be a single PDF. Please merge all of the documents into a single PDF for ease in reviewing.

EDP’s will be uploaded to AIChE’s page. You must be invited to to upload your teams EDP. To receive access to, you must contact

Please do this well BEFORE the day it is due.