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An Introduction to Low Pressure Storage Tanks

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Storage tanks are an overlooked part of any refinery or chemical plant. They don’t make boatloads of money, but they are an integral part of keeping...

Process Safety Regulation - Can any Style be considered Superior?

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Recently the US Chemical Safety Board has been quite supportive of the concept of the “Safety Case” system. In a recent Regulatory Report, CSB went...

Coke Drum Feed Entry Design Considerations

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Automated unheading valves are becoming the norm for both new and modernized delayed cokers, as these unheading devices have a proven track record of...

Challenges Facing Young Professionals

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
It can be difficult enough to get through school without thinking of where your degree will take you. This presentation will cover many issues that...

Dehydration and Purification of Spent Tetra Hydro Furan Solvent

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Tetra Hydro Furan (THF), a critical solvent in pharmaceutical industry, gets diluted with water and contaminated with impurities during the course of...

The Petrochemical FCC Unit

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
Propylene is a key building block in the petrochemical industry. The vast majority of propylene supply comes from steam crackers (approximately 60...

Introduction to Pressure Relief Devices

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
Pressure relief devices are a key piece of plant safety. Pressure relief devices are used to prevent overpressure of protected equipment for plant...

Options to Reduce Cooling Water Consumption in Fertilizer Plants

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Water saving strategies are a key factor in the design and operation of industrial facilities, especially as raw water is becoming one of the most...

From Micro to Macro without Migraines

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
The design of industrial chemical processes typically starts at a lab scale and passes through a battery of analyses on the road to production scale...

PSM - A Regulation or a Culture?

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
"Safety matters at all levels”, even for small companies that may not be OSHA’s PSM level facilities, as long as they use highly hazardous chemicals...

Fine Particles Erosion - Experiments and CFD Analysis

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 10:30am-11:00am
Erosion due to fine particles (2 to 50 microns) occurs in oil sands, off shore oil & gas and in refinery operations. This phenomenon has not been...

Next Generation Root Cause Investigation and Analysis

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
As with all industrial process safety incidents, there are lessons to learn from systemic failures that have the potential to end in the tragic loss...

Validating the Risk Reduction Claimed for IPLs in LOPA

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is a widely used semi-quantitative tool that can be used to determine the safety integrity level in designing the...

Guidelines for Dynamic Modeling of Column Startup

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Advances in computing speed continue to enable dynamic modeling of ever increasing complexity. One example of this includes simulation of non-routine...

How New Reactor Internals Can Be Used to Enhance Profitability

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:30am-12:00pm
Reactor issues such as thermal maldistribution and high pressure drop are indicators that a refinery may be failing to capture the maximum value from...

The Intriguing Demise of Jurassic Control Strategies

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 9:30am-10:00am
The petro-chemical industry has been around for decades. The industry has made advances in many facets of the business, but there are some parts that...

The Coming US Petrochemical Capacity Wave and Global Outlook

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 8:45am-9:30am
US shale gas has spurred massive investment in the petrochemical and polymers sectors. Meanwhile, crude oil price volatility is changing production...

Should a Chemical Engineer go to Business School?

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
An MBA can increase your ability to consciously think of business development as you perform your role. It can lead to change of career, change of...

Are Unconfined Hydrogen Vapor Cloud Explosions Credible?

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
A question is frequently raised by owner/operators of chemical processing and refinery sites as to whether unconfined hydrogen vapor cloud explosions...

Amp Up Your Engineering Toolkit with Modeling Skills!

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Modeling and simulation are essential tools in every facet of the process industry with applications continually increasing. The ready availability...

Monetizing US Natural Gas

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 1:00pm-1:30pm
Over the last several years Bechtel has experienced a dramatic increase in project opportunities that will convert low-cost, abundant North American...

Sustainable R&D for new Technology in Start Ups

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 1:00pm-1:30pm
Often Start Ups develop technology for building block chemicals from renewables. DOE has a list of 12 such building blocks, such as glucaric acid,...

Improving the Control of Process Flows

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 10:30am-11:00am
This presentation will introduce an unusual flow control algorithm that out-performs the PID algorithm when used for flow control. The algorithm was...

Interviewing Tips, "A Day in the Life of a Chemical Engineer"

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 10:15am-10:30am
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

Consulting/HSE

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 9:45am-10:15am
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

Engineering & Construction 101

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 9:15am-9:45am
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

Downstream

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 9:00am-9:15am
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

Cracker Feedstock Changes: From Naphtha to Ethane Cracker

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 9:00am-9:30am
Driven by the US shale gas boom, cracking ethane to ethylene became more attractive than cracking liquid feedstocks in the last years. Therefore...

Cyber Security - What Management Needs to Know

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
Cyber Security is a major current topic of discussion for many process facilities. Somewhere between the doomsday scenarios and keeping the plant...

Upstream

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

CFD modeling of water-in-crude oil emulsions

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
A CFD model has been developed that fits laminar data of both suspensions and stabilized water-in-oil emulsions using a relative viscosity model...

Implementation Issues with Regards to Process Safety Programs

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
The chemical industry continues to struggle and face challenges with regard to improvements in safety performance because of a lack of effective...

Kinetic Modeling and Optimization of Polymerization Reactions

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:00am-11:30am
Specialty polymers often involve polycondensation mechanisms. Our goal is to identify the kinetics and to develop optimization strategies for...

Scientific Design's Integrated Ethanol to EO/ EG Process

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:00am-11:30am
There has been a renewed interest lately in non-petroleum derived feed stocks for many chemical processes. Among the fermentation-derived feed stocks...

Identifying Energy Efficiency Opportunities in the Process

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 9:30am-10:00am
The most neglected area for energy efficiency evaluations in the process industries is within the process itself. Most programs focus either on...

Dewaxing Challenging Paraffinic Feeds in North America

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 9:30am-10:00am
With the more difficult and highly paraffinic feedstocks on the market along with more stringent diesel specifications, the need to provide an...

Modeling Acid Gas and Mercaptan Removal with Hybrid Solvents

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 9:30am-10:00am
In this paper, the implementation of a thermophysical properties package for the simulation of acid gas and mercaptan removal using hybrid solvents...

2014 Conference Keynote

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 8:30am-9:15am
Strong process research organizations and capabilities constitute very relevant competitive advantages in the chemical industry, enabling constant...

Offshore Process Overview

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 1:00pm-3:30pm
Offshore topside facilities are typically designed for minimum processing of the well fluids to minimize the topside facilities weight and footprint...

The Renaissance of the North American Energy Sector

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 1:00pm-4:00pm
Until just a few years ago, the widespread view was the U.S. was a mature oil and gas province with production in general decline. However, with the...

Project Execution Using the Stage Gate Process

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Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 1:00pm-3:30pm
In recent years more and more projects are being executed effectively using the “Stage Gate” process. This presentation provides an overview of the...
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