AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety

Global Ethylene Operating Rates - What Is It Really Telling Me?

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 8:05am-8:30am
Ethylene operating rates are used to indicate the fundamentals of the ethylene market, namely do I have surplus ethylene production capacity to...

Atmospheric Tank Failures: Mechanisms and an Unexpected Case Study

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 4:05pm-4:35pm
Most of the literature on catastrophic failures of low pressure tanks focuses on the ignition of explosive mixtures in the vapor space of those tanks...

C2 Front-End Hydrogenation Improvements

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 4:00pm-4:25pm
The presentation will address the parameters influencing selectivity and the impact over time. A side-by-side comparison of 5+ year operating data of...

Molecular Sieve Cracked Gas Dryer Tutorial

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 3:40pm-4:55pm
This tutorial provides an overview of adsorption technology. It will cover the following topics: adsorption phenomenon, structure and chemistry of...

Selective Acetylene Hydrogenation with OleMax207 for Back End Units

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 3:00pm-3:25pm
Selective acetylene hydrogenation is widely used to reduce acetylene in the ethylene stream to meet the specifications of polymer grade ethylene. For...

Managing Water Treatment Risks in Refining

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
Against the backdrop of global water scarcity, the industrial sector is the fastest growing source of water consumption. If current trends persist,...

Acetylene Hydrogenation Tutorial

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 2:05pm-3:00pm
Acetylene Hydrogenation Tutorial Author: Edgar Mohundro – Acetylene hydrogenation is a very important step in most olefins plant operations along the...

Refinery Wastewater Treatment for 'zero Liquid Discharge'

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Entire wastewater from a large refinery was selectively treated for oil removal, then for BOD/COD removal and comingled with freshwater cooling tower...

Full Range Natural Gas Processing

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Large and untapped natural gas reservoirs offer the opportunity to design a versatile and efficient gas processing complex. An optimized concept for...

Manage Risk and Improve Production Start-up of Capital Projects

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 1:00pm-1:30pm
In the final phases of a capital project, there are periods of high risk and several opportunities to shorten the time to full, on-spec production...

CCPS Certification Process for Certified Process Safety Professional

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 11:15am-11:45am
Abstract CCPS Certification Process for Certified Process Safety Professional Over the past 30 years, CCPS has focused its global efforts in four key...

Best-in-Class MOC Implementation - Case Studies

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 10:45am-11:15am
So your facility has an MOC procedure, right? You hear complaints about the MOC process being burdensome, and you worry that people aren't doing MOCs...

Revitalizing Auditing Practices - One Company's Journey

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 10:15am-10:45am
Auditing can become a mundane and unsuccessful task when done repeatedly the same way by the same personnel. Auditors can get ‘stuck in a rut’ and...

Steam System Control and Optimization

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 9:00am-9:30am
Control of the overall steam system in a refinery or a large petrochemical plant can be one of the most difficult automation challenges, yet one of...

Intro to Quantitative Risk Analysis

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 9:00am-9:30am
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Basic Concepts in Risk Analysis

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 8:30am-9:00am
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Chemical Incompatibility

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 8:00am-8:30am
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Conducting a Human Reliability Assessment to Support PHA and LOPA

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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...

Cooling Tower Inspection and Repair

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Cooling water systems are a vital part of the operation of an Olefins plant. However, cooling towers often do not receive the same inspection and...

Dividing Wall Column - Design for a Retrofit

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
A market opportunity arose for a higher value market for an existing product line if key impurities could be reduced an order of magnitude below...

Hydrates in Ethylene Plant Cold Section

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:15pm-4:50pm
Ethylene plants are at risk of hydrate formation due to the very nature of the process: wet hot section followed by high-pressure, cryogenic...

Case Study on Inspection of Radiant Heater Ethylene Cracker Tubes

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:05pm-4:30pm
A tube crawler has been developed to quantify the carburization in 25%Cr-35%Ni alloy tubes used in furnaces for ethylene production. Eddy current...

Forge Bonding: A Safer Metal Joining Process

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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...

Caustic Tower Performance Changes from Lighter Feedstock

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 3:40pm-4:15pm
Caustic tower performance is critical in the production of high quality ethylene for effective removal of acid gases from the cracked gas. However,...

Hydrodeoxygenation of Phenols and Derivatives to Aromatics

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 3:30pm-3:55pm
Phenols and substituted phenols can be produced from depolymerization of lignin, as we presented before at the AIChE conferences [1-2]. Hydrogenation...

Flameless Vent Testing

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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...

Oil Field Additives and Ethylene Feedstock Contaminants

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:35pm-3:25pm
The shale gas revolution has fueled dramatic growth in the North American petrochemicals marketplace, sparking expansions and new construction on a...

Prevention of Combustible Dust Explosions

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
This tutorial emphasizes the technical understanding of combustible dust phenomena. It will enable attendees to better understand combustible dust...

NFPA Combustible Dust Standards - 2016 Update

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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,...

CSB Recommendations: Gems, Gewgaws, and Buried Treasure

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) was authorized by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA) and began operation in 1998...

Unique Pre-Cleaning Passivation Challenges in Cooling Water Systems

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:30pm-2:55pm
Pretreatment of cooling water systems is essential to maximize the service life and reliability of heat exchange equipment. Usually, pretreatment...

Risk Based Process Safety Program in R & D Facility

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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/...

New Superstructure-Based Optimization for Process Intensification

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Process intensification enables “multi-tasking” by combining reaction, separation and other operations in a single unit, and leads to a substantially...

Next Generation Phenol Technology

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:10pm-2:35pm
The Next Generation Phenol technology offers phenol producers with growth prospects and/or producers pursuing vertical integration of their refining...

Carbon Disulfide (CS2): A New Challenge for Steam Cracker Complexes

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:05pm-2:35pm
Chemical companies are continuously exploring new opportunities in order to increase competitiveness. In today’s market this can be attained through...

Vapor Cloud Explosions

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
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Improving Learning through Interactive Case Studies

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Tragically, there is no shortage of case studies available to share learnings from catastrophic incidents across many industries, but we do not seem...

Design Considerations for Oily Water Lift Stations at Refineries

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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...

Risk Criteria Selection and the Impacts on the LOPA Process

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AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
In the CCPS book Layer of Protection Analysis – Simplified Process Risk Assessment, Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is initially described as...

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...

Feasibility Study for Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Optical Gas Imaging

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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...
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