Adrian L. Sepeda, P.E.
A contract welder and a foreman were repairing an agitator support on top of an atmospheric-pressure storage tank. The tank contained a polyvinyl fluoride slurry with a flammable concentration if vinyl fluoride in the vapor space. An explosion...
David T. Allen- University of Texas at Austin, David R. Shonnard- Michigan Technological University
Sustainable design will be required if the world is to support a growing population with increasingly higher living standards.
Updates Include: The Natural Gas Debate Continues Smart Material Stays Cool in the Heat Firefly-Semiconductor Hybrid Lights Up Ionic Liquid Improves Hydrogen-Producing Catalyst One-Pot Synthesis Yields Zeolites at Bargain Prices High-Carbon Diet...
This fall, Pittsburgh, PA- the city of bridges, and the site of AIChE's first Annual Meeting in 1908-will connect thousands of chemical enginners for an industry-spanning overview of the field's of hottest topics, when AIChE takes its Annual Meeting...
Today's for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations are faced withe the need to accomplish multiple strategic priorities to achieve their goals for revenue, membership involvement, and longevity. A concept underlying all these priorities is...
Dr. Don Collins
Vacuum pumps are an integral part of many industrial facilities. Both processing objectives and budget constraints must be considered when selecting a specific pump.
T. Kevin Swift
Recovery has stalled in developed nations. Debt, unemployment, and the emerging recession in Europe will encumber U.S. growth prospects in the years ahead. One bright spot, however, is the shale gas story.
T. Kevin Swift
Not all polymers are useful and/or processable in their natural form. Thus, functional chemicals are added to polymer resins to facilitate processing and to enhance, extend, or otherwise modify the properties of the plastic products manufactured from polymer resins. Such plastic additives represent a $4.6-billion business in the U.S.
Paul R. Puckorius
Pre-startup actions such as initial water treatment and equipment coatings in cooling tower water systems can increase system life expectancy and efﬁciency, and reduce corrosion and fouling.
By employing the latest virtualization solutions for process control systems, chemical plants can reduce PC hardware requirements, simplify system management, and lower the total cost of ownership, as well as improve site availability, reliability,...
The ﬁeld of chemical engineering is changing — research has expanded into new areas that include bio, nano, and environmental technologies, and career paths taken by chemical engineers after graduation have become more diverse.
Internet-based applications are changing the way chemical engineers collaborate. These virtual tools can help project teams make decisions more quickly, reduce costs, and increase productivity.
Avoid some common pitfalls by taking this holistic approach when implementing projects to reduce the consumption of steam.
Between March and April 2010, a powerful but seemingly limited computer worm, now referred to as Stuxnet, infected computers around the world, beginning in Iran and spreading to Indonesia and India. A recently published book uncovers ﬁndings on the origin of the worm and raises concerns that are relevant to chemical engineers everywhere.
More than 1,500 people died in the most famous maritime disaster in history. Thousands of pages have been written about the loss of the Titanic, and many documentary and ﬁctional movies produced. Many focus on the construction of the ship and the actions of its captain and crew. Whatever the construction and operating issues, attention to one particular issue could have saved many lives — emergency preparation.
Michael J. Dolan
As chemical engineers and leaders in the chemical process industries, we must ensure that process safety is integral to every aspect of what we and our companies do.
M. Henry Heines
A joint invention arises from the combined efforts of two or more inventors. Once a patent is granted, however, the inventors do not necessarily share in the rewards.
Todd Stauffer, P.E.
Apply the ISA-18.2 Standard on Alarm Management to design, implement, and maintain an effective alarm system.
Cynthia F. Mascone
They might be more expensive, but there’s probably no need to cancel your party plans just yet. “There’s lots of helium out there” says John Van Sloun, general manager — worldwide helium at Air Products, “but very little of it is being captured because the economics of doing so are not favorable.”
Seven years ago, I wrote a column for another publica tion entitled “The U.S. Chemical Industry: R.I.P.” This pillar of American economic strength, which a few years earlier was the leading exporter among U.S. manufacturing sectors (with net exports of $15–20 billion annually), was shriveling due in large part to policy blunders and regulatory mistakes.
This Beacon is not focused on a single incident, but on incidents that continue to occur across industry — nitrogen asphyxiation.
Actuators automate valves by converting an input signal into motion. This article explains the basics of electric actuator design and explores the different types of electric actuators.
For Almajnouni, Process Domain Manager at Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) and long-time chair of AIChE’s Saudi Arabia Local Section, progress is a byword in a life shaped by the will to embrace change.
Daniel A. Crowl
Flammable materials can cause fires and explosions if they are not handled properly. Understanding these materials and the risks they pose is the first step to mitigating fire hazards.
Svetlana Ivanova, Robert Lewis
Pressure swing adsorption (PSA) can be a cost-effective method of onsite nitrogen generation for a wide range of purity and flow requirements.
Ronald J. Willey
A safety data sheet holds a wealth of information that can help you safely and effectively handle chemicals in the lab, at the pilot scale, and on the production floor.
Douglas C. White
Nonlinearities in the response of a column to changes in operating conditions and in common economic valuation functions can have significant impacts on the economic optimum energy consumption for the column. Here’s a way to account for such...
Dennis Croll, Paul Yanisko
Understanding the potential hazards and taking the proper precautions will allow you to reap such benefits as improved product quality and enhanced process safety.
R. Wayne Garland
Using a formal change procedure promotes safe operations and prevents injuries and deaths, and it will also favorably impact the bottom line.
Updates in this issue include: State of the Union Address Identifies Importance of Manufacturing and Energy to U.S. Economy Scorpions Inspire Tough Surface Nanorods Line Up for Assembly Nanosphere Structure Boosts Light Absorption Zeolite Catalyst...
LinkedIn - the social media tool most often used by professionals - allows you to establish an online presence, connect with others, and find business and job opportunities.
Engineers can derive professional benefits from Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, and other social media. Here is some practical advice on using these tools effectively, whether you are a veteran or a relative novice.
Gary Geiger, Mel J. Esmacher, P.E.
Understand corrosion and ways to control it, and implement these monitoring techniques to improve cooling water system efficiency and reliability and reduce energy consumption.