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CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - An Inverse Approach to Materials Discovery and Design

August
2014
Journal Highlight
The success of many emerging technologies hinges on the discovery of new materials that exhibit a combination of desired properties. Identification, synthesis, and fabrication of suitable materials for these applications remain challenging, relying on resource-intensive exploratory science. A better approach might be to begin with the target macroscopic properties in mind and then systematically narrow the list of possible material precursors and synthetic methods through an optimization technique.

Calculating the Capacity of Chemical Plants

August
2014
Reactions and Separations
Andrew Carpenter, Russell A. Ogle
Production capacity is a vital statistic for describing the performance of a chemical plant, but there is no universally accepted definition or means to evaluate it. This article provides a comprehensive definition of capacity and details the options for deriving it.

CEP: What's New

August
2014
What's New
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling, instrumentation, and laboratory equipment.

CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Be Prepared, Be Safe, and Have Fun

August
2014
Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
One of my favorite warm weather activities is kayaking. The river provides a respite away from crowds and electronic distractions. Daily stressors are erased by the warm sun, a light breeze, and the sound of water lapping at my boat. A recent weekend with great weather afforded the perfect opportunity to go out on the river with my husband. Earlier that week, severe storms blew through the area with significant rainfall and flash flooding. This increased the volume of water in the river, so conditions would be perfect for a fast and exciting ride. It also called for a more-mindful approach to safety hazards, like swift currents and debris in the water.

Special Section - Energy: Smart Grid (Full 26-Page Supplement)

August
2014
Special Section
David M. Heitzer, Donald Chmielewski, Ernst Scholtz, Girish Ghatikar, Iiro Harjunkoski, Mary Ann Piette, Nathan Mancha, Sila Kiliccote, T Calloway, Xiaoming Feng
Smart Grid: The Basics - What? Why? Who? How?; You Are Not Alone; Implementing Automated Demand Response; Industry Meets the Smart Grid

CEP: News Update

August
2014
News Update
New Materials Combine Ultralight Weight with Ultrahigh Strength; A Breakthrough for Redox Flow Batteries; Carbon Nanotubes Catalyze Inexpensive Hydrogen; Diabetes Microchip Is as Good as Gold; and more.

CEP: Career Corner - Growing Your Engineering Consulting Practice

August
2014
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
If you want to expand your consulting practice, you must be ready to change how you do things. “As your company matures, you need to start working on the business, rather than in the business. Become the owner, not the doer,” says Stephen Fauer,...

CEP: Editorial - Get Smart about Electricity

August
2014
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
According to the Edison Foundation, nearly 40% of U.S. households, about 46 million residences, are outfitted with a smart meter for monitoring and managing electricity use. Some of these meters operate under direct load control (DLC), which allows the utility to intermittently interrupt service to connected appliances — such as electric heaters, central air conditioning systems, water heaters, hot tubs, and clothes dryer heating elements — during periods of peak electricity demand. In return for their willingness to accept these short (typically no more than a few hours) power interruptions, customers receive a payment or a credit on their electric bill. Smart metering is a form of demand-side management, and is an important part of the evolving smart grid.

CEP: Institute News

August
2014
Institute News
New Fellows; AIChE Addresses Climate Change; International Conferences; Election Update; Member News

Excel VBA Programming for Chemical Engineers

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
AIChE
If you know your way around Microsoft Excel and you’re ready to learn Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Programming this course is for you. Join...

Process Safety Data Management Best Practices

Sponsored Webinar
Live Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT
Presenters share best practices on how to tackle PSM IT projects including the development of functional requirements and “To Be” workflows, along...

GHGT-12 Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference

October 5-9, 2014

This 12th event in the Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies conference (GHGT) series will be held in Austin, Texas, from the 5th to the 9th of October, 2014.  The GHGT conference series has established itself as the principal international platform for exhibiting and discussing new greenhouse gas

Molecular Modeling of Naphtha Catalytic Reforming

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2014
Molecular Modelling of Naphtha Catalytic Reforming Catalytic reforming is one of the most important refinery processes providing high octane number...

Molecular Characterization of Petroleum Streams

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2014
Molecular Characterisation of Petroleum Streams Luyi Liu , Nan Zhang Abstract The highly competitive market in the oil refining industry forces...

Gas Trial for FLNG Nearshore Commissioning

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2014
Gas trial is the important process to evaluate Cargo System Performance for FLNG Project. Several methods are now being considered and we will...

Technology Qualification - Two Subsea Applications

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 1, 2014
A project that deploys new technologies needs to be confident that the technology can be implemented successfully and will perform reliably as...

From Waste to Gas: Biogas Valorization

AIChE Annual Meeting
Nov 7, 2013
From waste to gas: biogas valorizationV.L. Barrio , U. Izquierdo , J. Requies , M.B. Güemez , J.F. Cambra and P.L. Arias Faculty of Engineering (UPV/...

The Chemistry of Chocolate

AIChE Webinar
Nov 6, 2013
Steeped in tradition, chocolate evokes images of artisans making hand crafted delicacies in their kitchen, while little thought is given to the...

CEP: Institute News

May
2014
Institute News
Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety Wrap-Up; New Fellows; Professional Licensure and the Industrial Exemption; Member News

Troubleshoot Acid-Gas Removal Systems

July
2014
Reactions and Separations
Chris Bickham, Eric Teletzke
The removal of acid gases is a key step in natural gas treatment. Closed-loop amine systems are a popular option, but they can suffer from inefficiencies. Use these troubleshooting tools to pinpoint the cause of operational issues.

Distillation Technology for Operators

eLearning (online) Course
AIChE
Operators will gain an excellent understanding of the theory of distillation and how it works in a column, plus gain a solid foundation on the...

CEP: Material Matters - Understanding Polymer Weld Morphologies

July
2014
Material Matters
Heather Stine
Polymer and polymer-lined equipment has become more common in the chemical process industries (CPI) due to its cost-effective corrosion resistance in severe chemical service. Fluoropolymer-lined steel, high-density polyethylene (HDPE)-lined steel, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are examples of materials used for tanks, vessels, and other CPI equipment. Economic considerations demand that the life of this equipment be extended as long as is safely possible.

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - Zeolites Lose a Dimension but Gain in Performance

July
2014
Journal Highlight
Zeolites are widely used in the chemical process industries as catalysts and adsorbents. While the unique pore structure of zeolites is beneficial, many long-standing challenges in catalysis, adsorption, and membrane separations, as well as in nontraditional applications in energy storage and electronic and optical materials, cannot be met with the currently available porous materials.

Fluid Mixing Technology for Operators

eLearning (online) Course
AIChE
Starting with the fundamentals (the basic principles of mixing), this course continues with practical applications to mixing technology, and ends...

CEP: YPOV - Electricity and the Environment

July
2014
YPOV
Noah Meeks
Electricity generated by fossil fuels is a relatively stable and low-cost commodity, and fossil fuels will continue to be an important source of energy for the forseeable future. The environmental impact of electricity generation is minimized...

Distillation in Practice

eLearning (online) Course
AIChE
This course covers all essential distillation concepts likely to be faced by process support, operations, and design engineering personnel.

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - A Biodegradable Plastic Made from Waste Methane

February
2014
Catalyzing Commercialization
What if we could make the Great Pacific Garbage Patch just disappear? What if plastics didn’t accumulate in our landfills? What if we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions while replacing up to 30% of the world’s plastics with a biodegradable substitute? Researchers have tried for decades to achieve these goals. One approach being taken is the development of an efficient production process for poly-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA) — a biodegradable polymer similar to the polypropylene used to make yogurt containers.

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - Living Plants: One-Stop Shop for Protein Manufacturing

July
2014
Catalyzing Commercialization
Chemical manufacturing facilities housing green plants perform all of the processes formerly handled by stainless steel equipment. Production is energy efficient, fueled by photosynthesis, as living plants secrete raw materials (e.g., high-purity spider silk proteins) for downstream production and processing. Thanks to Wisconsin-based ag-biotech startup PhylloTech, this surreal vision may not be so far-fetched.

CEP: Editorial - Take a Hike

July
2014
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Although I recently returned from a vacation and would love to tell you about the hiking we did, that’s not the topic of this editorial. Previously, I wrote about jump-starting creativity through relaxation and trying something new (Dec. 2013) and by incorporating play into your day (Jan. 2014). Here’s another powerful creativity booster to add to your toolbox — walking. Your walk doesn’t have to be an eight-mile trek from the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the rim nearly a mile higher. Walking can be as simple as doing laps around the office, or getting off the bus or train a stop or two early and walking the rest of the way to your destination.

CEP: News Update

October
2013
News Update
Crunching the Numbers on Grid-Scale Storage; Microbes Convert Waste into Electricity; Solar Cells Make the Right Connection; Engineered Tissue Mingles with Blood Vessels; and more.

CEP: What's New

July
2014
What's New
Read about new products and services in the areas of bioprocessing; instrumentation; environmental, health, and safety; laboratory equipment; and materials and chemicals.

Biorefinery Process Economics

October
2005
SBE Special Section
Gregory M. Bohlmann
With oil and natural gas prices surging, bio-based feedstocks are becoming increasingly competitive. This article examines, in depth, the technical and economic aspects of the biorefinery concept.

CEP: News Update

July
2014
News Update
Nanoparticles Detect Sulfur Content in Crude Oil; Putting Waste Heat to Work; New Process Prints Personalized Drugs; EPA to Cut CO2 from Power Plants; Microbes Convert Biodiesel Waste into Valuable Chemicals

Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Solids

eLearning (online) Course
AIChE
This course will help you learn how to apply practical design and troubleshooting principles to improve the efficiency, safety and reliability of...

Industrial Fluid Mixing for Engineers

eLearning (online) Course
AIChE
This course covers fundamentals in mixing theory including a section on scale-up, practical applications to mixing technology and advanced topics...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Persistence – Good or Bad?

July
2014
Process Safety Beacon
Some process safety incidents have occurred because operating personnel failed to recognize that a process was not responding as expected. They attempted to keep a process in operation by deviating from standard procedures, or put themselves in danger by attempting to correct an out-of-control process condition rather than evacuating.

Incorporate Rigorous Heat Exchanger Models in Simulation

July
2014
Back To Basics
Ron Beck, Shelby Hegy, Tom Ralston
Embedding a rigorous heat exchanger model within an established simulation environment can help engineers increase process yields, while minimizing heat exchanger energy consumption and capital expenditures.

Industrial Fluid Mixing

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
AIChE
Given the vital role industrial fluid mixing plays in the success of so many products, it pays to stay on top of the most recent developments in the...

CEP: Calendars

July
2014
Calendars
AIChE Meetings Calendar AIChE Education Calendar Webinars

CEP: Patent Update - Do You Qualify as a Co-Inventor?

July
2014
Patent Update
M. Henry Heines
Co-inventorship on a patent provides several advantages to an individual, but a proper listing of inventors is both critical to the patent’s validity and can be challenged at any time. A recent case involving a General Electric patent illustrates some of the requirements of a co-inventor and the hurdles that an individual can face when asserting co-inventorship status after a patent has been issued.

Italy's Chemicals Industries

April
2014
Global Outlook
Simone Colombo
Italy’s many small and medium-sized chemical companies are crucibles of innovation, whose exports have helped the country to establish a strong presence in the global chemicals market.

A Guide to Characterizing Particle Size and Shape

July
2014
Instrumentation
Remi Trottier, Shrikant Dhodapkar
Knowledge of particle properties is essential for understanding how the particles will impact your process. Learn how to identify the relevant properties for a particular application, select the best measurement technique, and analyze the data to extract meaningful information.

Project Management for Chemical Engineers

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
AIChE
In today’s global and fast-paced world, the ability to manage complex projects is vital to keep up with the chemical industry’s demands and needs...
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