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Exploiting Hydrogen Plant to Improve Refinery Margins

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
In addressing the global drive for cleaner transport fuels against increasing proportion of heavier and sourer crudes, refiners are faced with the...

LNG FSRU and FPSO Pump Considerations for Ship Motion

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
LNG marine pumps installed in FSRU and FPSO applications are exposed to three degrees of ship movement as a result of wave motion. There is concern...

Troubleshooting a Furnace Emissions Problem

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
We had been fighting CO flue gas emissions on our CEMS analyzer for around a year, we had indications that it was a burner problem, fixed the burners...

Defining and Creating Best Practices

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
The continuous drive for excellence in our industry reaches all segments and disciplines of our organizations. The goal to improve the safety of our...

Improving Fired Heaters Using CFD

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
We have successfully used CFD( Computational Fluid Dynamics) to improve the performance of a Crude and Coker Heater. CFD helps to model the burners,...

The Design and Revamp of Cooling Water Networks

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
Cooling Water Networks G.T.Polley , M.Picon Nunez & E.Tamakloe Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Guanajuato, Mexico In Reality:...

Optimization of An Industrial Power Plant

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Operations Optimization of Industrial Power Plants (IPP) is an often ignored area. One reason for this complacency is that IPPs are usually cost...

Abqaiq Plant Virtual Plant RTO Implementation

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Abqaiq Plant Virtual Plant RTO Implementation Abstract Abqaiq Plant is the largest worldwide crude stabilization plant with $200MM energy consumption...

Successful Sulfur Unit Startups

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
As the environmental importance of Sulfur Recovery Units increases, so too does the importance of smooth and successful SRU startups. This paper will...

Fundamentals of Model Based Loop Tuning

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
There are many methods to tune PID controllers. This presentation provides a tutorial on tuning PID process controllers using Internal Model Control...

Importance of Field Testing Liquid Distributors

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Spray nozzles & gravity distributors are primarily used in different Oil refinery facilities (columns, scrubbers, etc.). Installers and...

Current Myths about LNG

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Since the startup of the first baseload LNG plant (Camel) in 1964, there have been several generations of LNG plant designs. Each generation can be...

Ethylene: Past, Present and Future

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Martin will offer some thoughts on developments in the Ethylene industry over the past 25 years that the Ethylene Producers has been meeting. He will...

CEP: What's New

June
2013
What's New
Read about new products and services in the areas of instrumentation; fluids and solids handling; materials and chemicals; bioprocessing; and environmental, health, and safety.

South Korea's Chemical Industry: Progress and Challenges

December
2011
Global Outlook
Il Moon, Jae Hyun Cho
South Korea's chemical industry is entering a position of leadership in the world market. However, new investments in energy resources, a shift to higher-value-added products, and development of core environmentally friendly technologies are needed...

CEP: Editorial - ChE Salaries Rebound, But Gaps Remain

June
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Two years ago, AIChE’s biennial salary survey found that chemical engineers’ salaries had stagnated and raises were the lowest they had been in two decades. Fortunately, the situation appears to have turned around somewhat. The 2013 salary survey (...

Singapore’s Chemicals Industry: Engineering an Island

April
2013
Global Outlook
Keith Carpenter, Wai Kiong Ng
The chemicals industry is a pillar of Singapore’s economic success. The island city-state’s emergence as a chemical industry leader has been boosted by investment in infrastructure and the creation of an industrial island complex.

CEP: Process Automation Corner - North America’s Emerging Energy Independence

June
2013
Process Automation Corner
Terry McMahon
What a difference a few years can make! In mid-2005, I wrote a column (for another publication) entitled “The U.S. Chemicals Industry, R.I.P.” The situation got no better for the next few years, but starting toward the end of the last decade, based on improved extraction methods, U.S. natural gas production began to grow rapidly.

CEP: News Update

June
2013
News Update
Sinewy Fibers Boast Strength and Toughness; Graphene Stacks Up to Bandgap Limitations; Squishy Material Toughens Up when Stressed; A Tiny Forest of Semiconductors Mimics Nature’s Photosynthesis; and more

Singapore: An Emerging Leader in Biomedical Sciences

October
2007
SBE Special Section
Miranda G. S. Yap, Niki S. C. Wong
With a heavy investment in biomedical research— particularly the $330 million to build Biopolis in 2003— Singapore is seeing the fruits of its labor blossom.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Why Can't I Open that Valve?

June
2013
Process Safety Beacon
In April 2004, an explosion and fire at a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant killed five people and severely injured three others. The explosion and fire destroyed most of the reactor building and an adjacent warehouse. Because smoke from the fire drifted...

2013 AIChE Salary Survey

June
2013
Salary Survey
Chemical engineering salaries have increased over the past two years, reflecting an improved economy and job market for engineers. The median salary of survey respondents is $120,000 — a 9% increase over the median reported in 2011. This expanded version of the article that appeared in print in the June 2013 issue of CEP includes addittional information, tables, charts and more detail.

The Netherlands' Process Technology Networks

June
2012
Global Outlook
Andrzej Stankiewicz, Tjeerd Jongsma
Marked by a culture of open innovation, the Dutch system of collaboration creates unique opportunities for advances in process technology.

Germany's Chemical Parks: Industry Landscaping

October
2011
Global Outlook
Chemical parks are synergistic environments for the companies located there — thanks to integration of infrastructure and shared resources and distribution networks. In Europe, Germany’s central location and unique geography have contributed to the...

Evaluating Distillation Column Performance

June
2013
Reactions and Separations
AIChE’s Equipment Testing Procedures Committee, Tray and Packed Columns Procedure Revision Subcommittee
Follow these guidelines to assess the capacity and efficiency of distillation columns containing trays or packing.

Nanotechnology: A Guide to Nano-Objects

May
2011
On The Horizon
Michael Wong, Sravani Gullapalli
Rapid change in the field of nanotechnology can make it hard to keep track of the latest nanomaterial developments. Here's a primer on the most common shapes, sizes, and compositions of nano-objects.

CEP: Profile - Young Perspectives

June
2013
Profile
Last year marked the tenth anniversary of AIChE’s Young Professionals Advisory Board (YPAB) and its transformation into the Young Professionals Committee — which is tasked with engaging younger generations of AIChE members and leaders. Wendy Young...

China: Past, Present and Future of Chemical Engineering

April
2011
Global Outlook
Yi Cheng, Yong Jin
The need to address ecological problems stemming from China’s burgeoning industrial growth is the impetus behind many recent developments in China’s surging chemical industry.

Minimize Electrostatic Hazards During Process Operations

June
2013
Safety
Vahid Ebadat
Understand the electrostatic hazards of your process so you can limit the accumulation of charge and prevent static discharge in flammable atmospheres. Select the appropriate combination of electrostatic mitigation measures to ensure safety from electrostatic ignition hazards.

CEP: Career Corner - Transitioning to Management

June
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
One of the proudest moments of my early career was when I received a promotion from senior engineer to first-line manager. It took about a week for the elation to wear off, as I began to realize how much responsibility I had for producing results...

Meeting the Needs of the Water-Energy Nexus

April
2011
Critical Issues
David Klanecky, Snehal Desai
Water is required to produce energy, and energy is required to make use of water — the two are, and always will be, inextricably linked. Engineers must understand the water-energy nexus in order to manage both efficiently and sustainably.

Nigeria: Chemical Engineering—Development, Challenges, and Prospects

June
2013
Global Outlook
Emmanuel Dada, John Erinne, Oluwafem Taiwo
Nigeria is a nation endowed with abundant natural resources and engineering talent. Current policy and reforms in the downstream and natural gas sectors are expected to boost Nigeria’s economy and restore growth and vibrancy to its chemical process industries.

Biology as a Basis for Biochemical Engineering

July
2013
Back To Basics
Sujata Bhatia
Biochemical engineering demonstrates the versatility of the living cell as a miniature reactor. Living cells can be genetically engineered to produce specific proteins, tuned to manufacture novel enzymes, and optimized to guarantee genetic stability and consistent production of desired products.

Selecting a Centrifugal Compressor

June
2013
Back To Basics
James M. Sorokes
End users must specify certain performance requirements when requesting a quote for a new centrifugal compressor. Understand your process, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each centrifugal compressor configuration, in order to choose the optimal centrifugal compressor for your application.

CEP: Institute News

June
2013
Institute News
Highlights from the Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety; Saudi Arabia Section Will Host an Expanded Middle East Process Technology Conference — Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, in Bahrain; Calendars.

Random Thoughts: Inspired by Rich Felder

AIChE Annual Meeting
Oct 29, 2012
This talk is part of the invited session 'Random Thoughts: Inspired by Rich Felder'. Description: This session honors Dr. Richard M. Felder, Hoechst...

CEP: Editorial - Don’t Miss Important Warning Signs

May
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Process safety is on my mind for several reasons, including the recent explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant and this month’s On the Horizon article, “Improve Process Safety with Near-Miss Analysis,” by Ulku Oktem, Warren Seider, Masoud Soroush, and...

CEP: What's New

May
2013
What's New
Read about new products and services on exhibit at the Air and Waste Management Association Expo.

CEP: News Update

May
2013
News Update
Artificial Organs Hot Off the Press; Biofuel Byproducts and Concrete Mix It Up; Squid Inspires Material for Medical Implants; Polymer Chains Line Up to Provide High Performance; Ribbons of VO2 and Graphene Enable Ultrafast Batteries; and more.
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