Preparing for Failure

Engineers need to be prepared for the possibility and consequences of an equipment failure. Why plan for something that might never happen? Because if and when it does, a Significant Incident Team will be in place and able to react instantly. This article offers recommendations for setting up...

Heat-Transfer Fluid Maintenance for Liquid-Phase Systems

This article introduces the basic characteristics of heat transfer fluids and describes the methods by which a heat transfer fluid may degrade. It also gives readers information on the numerous factors that must be considered before choosing a heat transfer fluid.

Heat transfer fluids are...

Capital Project Construction Management

At some point in their careers, most chemical engineers will find themselves responsible for managing a project and/or the construction of a capital project. Often times, engineers who assume these rolls do not have formal training as project managers or construction managers, but instead rely...

Process Hazard Analysis for Chemical Reactivity Hazards

Chemical reactivity is the tendency of a chemical to react with others. Unlike other types of major hazards, chemical reactivity depends not only on the intrinsic properties of the chemicals but also on the conditions under which they are used. Reactivity incidents occur when control is lost of...

Sustainability of Metals

Precious and specialty metals make unique and indispensable contributions to modern high-tech electronic and other devices. Yet, conservation of these metals is woefully inadequate. This article discusses the metals that are involved and their fate in global society, some of the opportunities...

Designing a Sustainable Supply Chain

This article proposes the use of the P-graph (process graph) framework together with sustainability and profitability considerations in the design of supply chains as a foundational technique to generate feasible alternative structures for supply chains.

Supply chain design is important...

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