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Correctly Calculate the Potential to Emit

December
2001
Environmental Management
Janet Scheier
Determining maximum capacity and ensuring that permit limits are federally enforceable are critical to calculating PTE.

Tackling the Human Challenges of Facility Security

February
2006
Safety
Bill Effron, Dennis A. Attwood
The increased complexity of security systems may come at the expense of the user. Thus, they must be designed to match their operators' capabilities and limitations.

Oxygen and Nitrogen: Onward and Upward

January
2009
News Feature
Suzanne Shelley
Innovative advances continue to benefit all three of today's air separation technologies, helping to reduce power consumption and capital costs, and, in turn, expand their markets.

Predictive Modeling in Catalysis - From Dream to Reality

June
2009
On The Horizon
Ana G. Maldonado
In silicocatalyst optimization is the ultimate application of computers in catalysis. This article provides an overview of the basic concepts of predictive modeling and describes how this technique can be used in catalyst and reaction design.

Don't Let History Repeat Itself

August
2007
Safety
John F. Murphy, P.E.
Heed these lessons learned from investigations conducted by the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board to prevent accidents at your site.

Grand Challenges for Engineering

April
2008
News Feature
Gordon Ellis
Twentieth-century engineering enabled life as we know it. The National Academy of Engineering looks at what is needed in the future.

Determine the Optimum Number of Process Trains

January
2010
Back To Basics
Gregory T. Benz
This article demonstrates that the repair and expense costs of process trains are not proportional to their capital costs and that, in most cases, building one plant with a single process train is the most economically efficient choice. <br>...

Avoid Pitfalls in Evaluating Catalyst Performance

July
2001
Reactions and Separations
Daniel G. Loffler
Age and life are not suitable parameters to compare catalyst performance. The proper ones are the rate of reaction and the rate of deactivation.

Remember Hand Protection

January
2005
Safety
Laura Randall
Setting up a hand-protection program involves understanding the hazards, choosing the appropriate glove, training personnel on glove use, and ensuring that employees use their gloves properly.

High-Shear Mixers: Still Widely Misunderstood

November
2007
News Feature
Suzanne Shelley
Advanced modeling techniques and improved geometric features are helping designers and users of rotor-stator mixers to demystify these complex devices, and get more consistent predictable results.

Understanding Operating Data

October
2009
Back To Basics
Tony Cooper
Operating data offer valuable clues and are essential to managing and improving processes.However, they can also be misleading and hide the underlying issues.The principles and statistical tools presented here can help you make effective use of...

Use Multivariable Transmitters to Improve Flow Measurement

October
2010
Instrumentation
Nathan D. Stokes
Advances in multivariable transmitters allow more-accurate and more-repeatable flow measurements to be made over a wide range of conditions. Here’s how to select the device with the right capabilities for your applications.

Develop Effective Environmental Training

September
2001
Environmental Management
Peter J. Stoll
Computer-based environmental compliance training offers a number of advantages. This article discusses the benefits of computer-based training, outlines its most important components, and provides tips for structuring and writing a course.

Estimate Emissions from Depressurization Activities

May
2002
Environmental Management
Jimmy Peress
Unlike other techniques, this method is applicable over a wide pressure range and in cases where the vapor pressure of the VOC approaches the operating pressure.

Radical Designs Boost Resource Efficiency

July
2010
News Feature
Joanna Ziemlewski
The top projects in the recent 10xE Design Challenge showcase the best examples of resource-efficient, integrative design from the chemical engineering community.

CEP: YPOV - Engineering Cyber Security

July
2012
YPOV
Arjun Gopalratnam
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.

F = MA of Biology?

AIChE Annual Meeting
Oct 17, 2011
I will describe my participation over the past few years in an effort to find fundamental mathematical laws in biology. I will discuss a theory for...

A New Class of Polymer Inhibitors

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 16, 2011
Polymer inhibitors are used within an ethylene plant in locations which are susceptible to aggressive polymer formation i.e. Primary Fractionator,...

Flare Minimization Via Dynamic Simulation

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Flaring in chemical process industry (CPI) is an important method to protect equipment and personnel safety during the process upset and the chemical...

LNG Tank Top Fires

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
The regulatory requirements of 49 CFR 193, Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities: Federal Safety Standards, require thorough engineering reviews before...

Improving Ethylene Charge Gas Compressor Performance

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
The changing landscape of the ethylene industry requiring more feedstock flexibility and upstream and downstream integration increases the complexity...

Mitigation of Preheat Fouling by Eliminating the Cause

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Today, there is no excuse for not getting five years or more on the run length of refinery preheat exchangers without the need for cleaning. Among...

Trip & Throttle Valve Reliability

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Trip & Throttle Valve Reliability Trip & Throttle (or Stop) valves are used in ethylene plants to isolate the energy to steam turbines when...

Ethylene Boil-off Compressor Process Safety Incident

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Braskem, a Brazilian player among petrochemical manufacturers, produces monomers, resins and chemicals specialties. The overall Ethylene capacity is...

Cracked Gas Compressor Control Tutorial

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
The market conditions over the couple of years has prompted many end-users to review antisurge control design to help lower their energy index. A...

Objectives of Anti-Surge Control

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Objectives of Anti-Surge Control Preventing a compressor surge is the primary purpose of an anti-surge controller. However, there are additional...

Thoughts about Safety, Staying at Zero

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Perfect safety records and perfect environmental records are an “inalienable right”, given to us not by governments, companies, or others. It is a...

C5 Metathesis for Increased Propylene Production

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 14, 2011
The production of on-purpose propylene via the metathesis of ethylene and butenes now exceed 6% of the total propylene. The supply of butenes is...

Life Cycle of Aluminum Plate Fin Exchangers

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 14, 2011
Abstract: Corrosion, blockage, fouling, and mechanical/thermal overload are the key degradation mechanisms that operators need to control to avoid...
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