2012

The Mixed Matrix Membrane Story

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 9:00am-9:30am
The talk will highlight the evolution of Mixed Matrix Membranes (MMM), developed in the mid-1980s. The talk will first provide an introduction into...

Furnace Stories

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 12:00am
The cracking furnace is the heart of the ethylene plant, consuming the most energy, adding the most value and with the potential to cause the most...

Galvanic Corrosion Between Dissimilar Metals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 12:00am
A Dow USGC cracker suffered a tube failure on a cracked gas compressor inner stage cooler after ten plus years of service. To further extend the...

Modeling of LNG Spills Into Trenches and Troughs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 12:00am
Trenches and troughs are commonly used in LNG storage and transfer facilities to contain potential LNG spills. The trenches are concrete-lined...

Two Incompetent Workers; Too Close for Comfort ñ Part 1

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Learning from experience is one of the four pillars of Risk-Based Process Safety. Incidents that occur at one facility often provide opportunities to...

Hydrocracking - An Overview

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
The paper will present an overview of the Hydrocracking process as applied in the refineries today. It will cover Mild Hydrocracking, Partial...

Using LOPA to Establish SILs for Power Outage Protection

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Catastrophic incident root causes often may be correlated with power outages. An unanticipated power outage may be an initiating event that leads to...

More LOPA Misapplied: Common Errors and How to Avoid Them

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) continues to be more and more widely utilized in the Petrochemical and other industries. LOPA is a “simplified”...

Emergency Block Valves

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
An Emergency Block Valves (EBV) is used as a means of isolating flammable or toxic substances in the event of a leak or fire. The installation, and...

Turnaround Excellence - Key Success Factors

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Turnaround Excellence is more than a state of being… it is a journey. Achieving and sustaining excellence is wholly dependent on a site approach of...

Appropriate Placement of Compressors and Expanders

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
The term “Appropriate Placement” was introduced in Pinch Analysis during the 1980s to indicate how special unit operations should be correctly...

Panel Discussion on Turnaround Excellence

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
A panel of industry experts will discuss topics of interest to Ethylene Producers with respect to turnaround excellence. Topics will be solicited...

Dynamic Simulation: Value During LNG Process Design and Beyond

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
A contributor to complex/large project management difficulty is uncertainty gaps – gaps between the information required and that readily available...

Anti-Surge Methods for the Base Load LNG Plant Propane Compressor

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
The propane compressor represents a significant capital investment and operating expense of a LNG plant, and is an essential component in providing...

Hydroprocessing Design - Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Hydroprocessing or hydrotreating is the key technology to clean, to refine, and to convert crude oils into valuable products, such as gasoline and...

Process safety status in China

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Process safety status in China

Flash Fire From a Hot Combustible Liquid

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
A truck driver loading a tanker was fatally injured in a flash fire. The accident occurred at the loading rack of a petroleum refinery. The truck...

Acetylene Converter Safety Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Acetylene is produced as a by-product during the pyrolysis cracking of hydrocarbons in ethylene plant furnaces. Typically the acceptable acetylene...

Design Considerations for Diesel Hydrotreaters

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
In 2006, the United States EPA mandated the use of 15 ppmw ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) for on-road diesel fuel. At that time several refiners...

Proven in Use (What's the Quality of Your Data)

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
To perform LOPA's, fault tree analysis, SIL verifications and other quantitative likelihood analyses requires data. As much as everyone wants data,...

Design Challenges in Tankage Modernization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
In order to comply with regulation requirements, a refinery needs to perform major revamps to produce different grades of Diesel, namely ULSD, Off-...

Beware of the Black Swan

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
In 16 th century London, a statement that describes impossibility was referred to as a “black swan” because all historical records of swans up to...

Hydrotreating of Biooils to Jet Fuels: An Overview

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
This paper will give an overview of the current status of jet fuels production from hydrotreating of biooils, including vegetable oils and microalgae...

Capital Cost Targeting of Total Site Heat Recovery

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Heat recovery on Total Site level can provide a considerably high potential for energy saving. It offers additional degrees of freedom for heat...

Analysis of Turnarounds in Olefin Plants: A 16-Year View

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Comparative Performance Analysis™ (CPA™) benchmarking studies of the olefin industry have been conducted by HSB Solomon Associates LLC (Solomon)...

Simple Opportunities for Improving Energy Efficiency

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Energy efficiency has become an important theme in the process industries, and many companies have implemented sophisticated strategies to improve...

History of NOx In the Ethylene Industry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
A history of NOx in the Ethylene Industry will be presented.

The Rayleigh Equation Revisited What to Do When Alpha Isn't Constant

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Abstract Integration of the Rayleigh Equation for batch distillation in closed analytical form has heretofore required that relative volatility (α)...

Evaluation of Dispersion Models for LNG Siting Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
The federal safety standards for LNG facilities under 49 CFR Part 193 approves the use of specific dispersion models for performing vapor-gas...

Societal Risk Criteria and Pipelines

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
The discussion of societal risk criteria for the process industry began in the 1970's, led primarily by the Dutch and British governments. Most of...

Working Under Pressure (How do you manage pressure hazards?)

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Industry is increasingly moving towards utilizing High Integrity Protective Systems (HIPS) to reduce flare loading and prevent the environmental...

Fatal Exposure: Tragedy At DuPont

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
This investigation by the United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) provides unique lessons in process safety. Three...

Strategic Chemistry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Optimizing the clearing and cleaning of process units during turnarounds. Primary discussion involves the three key areas related to an effective,...
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