2012

The Other Bio: Chemicals and Materials

May
2012
SBE Special Section
Miriam Cortes­ Caminero
Just in case you haven’t noticed, a new wave of biotechnology is underway. Over the last three decades, we have seen biological technologies used in therapeutics and agriculture. More recently, we have seen the use of biotechnology for industrial purposes.

Bio-Based Materials Step into the Operating Room

September
2012
On The Horizon
Sujata K. Bhatia, M.D., P.E.
A new class of implantable medical materials — constructed from naturally derived and renewably sourced polymers — is poised to transform clinical medicine.

CEP: Profile - Engineering Flavors and Bridging Cultures

August
2012
Profile
As the winner of a February 2012 episode of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Winnette McIntosh Ambrose, a National Institute of Health scientist specializing in vision research, demonstrated that inspired chemical engineers can succeed in any realm — when they bring the right ingredients to the mix.

CEP: What's New

September
2012
What's New?
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling; instrumentation; environmental health and safety; and materials and chemicals.

Hopefully, Change Won't Be Difficult

May
2012
Editorial
I was taught that the word hopefully means “in a hopeful manner” or “full of hope.” Authors who start a sentence with the word hopefully usually mean “I (we) hope” or “it is hoped” — which is an incorrect usage of the word.

CEP: YPOV - AIChE Foundation Invests in Tomorrow’s Leaders

September
2012
YPOV
Developing a capable and inspired next generation of leaders is crucial to ensuring that AIChE has a productive and progressive future. This will require a great deal of mentoring and investment in today’s young engineers — who must become both...

AIChE’s ScaleUp: A Win-Win for Students and Industry

September
2012
Special Section
ScaleUp is a program launched in 2007 to strengthen connections between industry and chemical engineering students. Through corporate sponsorships, ScaleUp offers free AIChE membership to over 15,000 chemical engineering students at over 160 U.S...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - What Can I do? I’m Just the Operator.

September
2012
Process Safety Beacon
A frequent comment from workers is, “What can I do to improve the safety of our processes? I am just the operator (or technician, mechanic, etc.). I just turn valves, operate the equipment, take samples, turn wrenches, adjust the equipment.” It is...

CEP: News Update

September
2012
News Update
Slippery Surface Is Too Slick for Bacterial Films; New Materials Put the Brakes on Infection; ITO Flexes Its Muscles; Control Wrinkles with this Simple Method; and more

Navigating NFPA Codes and Standards

May
2012
Safety
Jeremy Lebowitz
Follow the recommendations and how-to Guidance provided by the National Fire Protection Association to safeguard against fires and explosions.

CEP: Editorial - A ChE's Path to Sustainability

September
2012
Editorial
Cynthia F. Mascone
If you saw my last two editorials, you probably noticed the sustainability theme — “On the Path to Sustainability” in July, and “AIChE’s Path to Sustainability” in August. Through our work as chemical engineers, we have the potential to make significant positive impacts on sustainability. There’s also much we can do as individuals.

Smart Blogging for Chemical Engineers

May
2012
Career Catalyst
Loraine Kasprzak
Blogs have come a long way since their first appearance in the late 1990s, when they were little more than online diaries. Today, people are just as likely to turn to blogs (Internet shorthand for “Web log”) as to newspapers or magazines for information and news.

Software & Information Technology

May
2012
Software
Learn about the latest MathCAD release and how it enhances computational power, integrated software that facilitates refinery development, software that identifies safe operating limits, and much more.

Chem Economics: ACC Releases Portfolio of Specialty Chemicals Indexes

September
2012
Chem Economics
T. Kevin Swift
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has launched a new set of indexes covering nearly 30 segments of the U.S. specialty chemicals market. (The first, which dealt with plastic additives, was discussed in the July issue, p. 13.) This is the first set...

Handle Corrosive Acids and Caustics Safely

September
2012
Safety
Richard W. Prugh, P.E., CSP
Understand the corrosivity hazards of acids and caustics, and follow these guidelines to manage those hazards through inherently safer design, engineering and administrative controls, and personal protective equipment.

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - A New Spin on Separations

September
2012
Journal Highlight
The microelectronics industry has been revolutionized by technologies that boast ever-increasing capabilities in increasingly smaller areas. Now, the ability to pack high functionality into smaller devices is poised to transform the chemical process...

Furnace Stories

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 5, 2012
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

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 5, 2012
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

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 5, 2012
Trenches and troughs are commonly used in LNG storage and transfer facilities to contain potential LNG spills. The trenches are concrete-lined...

Hydrocracking - An Overview

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
The paper will present an overview of the Hydrocracking process as applied in the refineries today. It will cover Mild Hydrocracking, Partial...

Appropriate Placement of Compressors and Expanders

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
The term “Appropriate Placement” was introduced in Pinch Analysis during the 1980s to indicate how special unit operations should be correctly...

Hydroprocessing Design - Tutorial

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Hydroprocessing or hydrotreating is the key technology to clean, to refine, and to convert crude oils into valuable products, such as gasoline and...

Design Considerations for Diesel Hydrotreaters

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
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...

Hydrotreating of Biooils to Jet Fuels: An Overview

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
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

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Heat recovery on Total Site level can provide a considerably high potential for energy saving. It offers additional degrees of freedom for heat...

Simple Opportunities for Improving Energy Efficiency

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Energy efficiency has become an important theme in the process industries, and many companies have implemented sophisticated strategies to improve...

Modeling of Ground Flare Pits

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
New LNG liquefaction facilities have been configured to include large ground flares to allow for the safe combustion of large volumes of combustible...

Platformer Debutanizer Revamp & Optimization

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Problem As part of Saudi Aramco Yanbu Refinery Excellence Program, We Identified the platforming high RVP issue as one of the most critical problem...

Green Diesel Production - An Overview

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Currently, there are two renewable diesel fuels available: biodiesel and green diesel. The biodiesel or FAME is the transesterification of vegetable...

APC2: Aligning People with Control

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Advanced Process Control (APC) can take on many flavors and levels of sophistication. On the digital control systems (DCS), advanced regulatory...

Cost Effectiveness of 2-Row Membrane System for FLNG

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
One of the most critical issues in engineering and design of FLNG is to reduce top side weight along with its load distribution to the sub-structure...

Waste Heat Recovery Considerations in LNG Plants

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
WASTE HEAT RECOVERY CONSIDERATIONS IN LNG PLANTS ABSTRACT DOUGLAS WILES, RYAN HOLLENBACH & STANLEY KWAN Thermal integration in an LNG plant...

All Sulphur Plants Are Not Created Equal

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
All Sulphur Plants are Not Created Equal ABSTRACT Sulphur recovery from natural resources is required to meet environmental regulations on sulphur...

Installing a Charge Gas Compressor Booster

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
The Braskem Ethylene Southeast Plant expansion study from 500 MTA to 700 MTA recommended that the charge gas compressor turbine and the 1 st and 2 nd...
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