Computing and Systems Engineering

A Systematic Approach to Relief System Evaluation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Managing the lifecycle of relief and flare systems data is complex and fraught with challenges and risks, whether the work is performed internally or...

Computational Fluid Dynamics in Equipment Design and Failure Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 10:15am-10:45am
In 2007, the BASF TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS LLC Ethylene Steam Cracker installed a total of 5 welded plate heat exchangers. These units serve as primary...

Improving Fired Heaters Using CFD

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:30am-9:00am
We have successfully used CFD( Computational Fluid Dynamics) to improve the performance of a Crude and Coker Heater. CFD helps to model the burners,...

Application of Quality by Design in API Process Development

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 2:45pm-3:00pm
Design of Experiments (DOE) is the most effective method to achieve product and pro­cess efficiency and optimization. Design of Experiment (DOE)...

Modeling of LNG Spills Into Trenches and Troughs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 12:00am
Trenches and troughs are commonly used in LNG storage and transfer facilities to contain potential LNG spills. The trenches are concrete-lined...

Practical Process Integration Retrofit Part 5. Software Needs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Practical Process Integration Retrofit Part 5. Software Needs G.T.Polley In this final paper in our series on process integration retrofit we look at...

On-Line Energy Management System - Round 2

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
In 2008-9 Equistar implemented an on-line, open-loop utility optimizer at one of our world scale olefin sites. We call this our energy management...

Eliminating Difficult Start Ups with State Based Controls

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Some processes are just difficult to start up. Every year, significant production is lost due to start up delays, product quality issues after...

Flare Minimization Via Dynamic Simulation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:00pm
Flaring in chemical process industry (CPI) is an important method to protect equipment and personnel safety during the process upset and the chemical...

Introduction and Session Objectives

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 8, 2010 - 7:00pm
This session will examine how modeling can be used for discovery and innovation, high fidelity prediction and as a substitute for physical experiment...

Introduction and Objectives of the Session

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 8, 2010 - 7:00pm
This session will examine plant, company and industry roles in energy, sustainability, environment, EH&S and economic performance across several...

Unit Operations for Smart Nanomanufacturing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 8, 2010 - 7:00pm
There is a chasm between promising nanotechnological advances in the laboratory and commercial manufacturing. Many techniques have been developed to...

Optimizing the Industrial Gas Supply Chain

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2009 - 7:00pm
Smart process manufacturing (SPM) refers to a design and operational paradigm involving the integration of measurement and actuation; environment,...

Simulation, Engineering and Design

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 10:00am
Simulation and computer aided calculations are widely utilized and increasingly relied on in development, design, and engineering for chemical and...

Big Data: Getting Started on the Journey

March
2016
Special Section
Lloyd F. Colegrove, Mary Beth Seasholtz, Chaitanya Khare
This article discusses some experiences and challenges in establishing an enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) platform at a major chemical manufacturing company, and recommends steps you can take to convince your management to harness big data.

Big Data: Success Stories in the Process Industries

March
2016
Special Section
Salvador García-Muñoz, John F. MacGregor
Big data holds much potential for optimizing and improving processes. See how it has already been used in a range of industries, from pharmaceuticals to pulp and paper.

March 2016 CEP Preview

March 16, 2016
This month, CEP looks at big data analytics in a special section, as well as covering PID for process engineers and aerobic fermenter optimization.

Big Data: The Four Vs

March
2016
Special Section
Big data is a big topic with a lot of potential. Before realizing this potential, however, we need to get on the same page about what big data is, how it can be analyzed, and what we can do with it.

Big Data: What Is It?

March
2016
Special Section
David White
Big data can pave the way to greater business and operational insight. New approaches and technologies are poised to help you navigate your journey.

Big Data: Challenges and Future Research Directions

March
2016
Special Section
Marco S. Reis, Richard D. Braatz, Leo H. Chiang
The big data movement is creating opportunities for the chemical process industries to improve their operations. Challenges, however, lie ahead.

Integrate Process Simulation and Process Synthesis

October
2005
Computational Methods
Dominic Chwan Yee Foo, Zainuddin Abdul Manan, Michael Lynn McGuire, Murugan Selvan
The design of a new process using computer simulations to analyze a process flowsheet based on the onion model can save time, effort and, ultimately, money.

Shell's Prelude FLNG Completes Major Construction

January 22, 2016
Shell has sent out a video update as its revolutionary Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project winds up major construction in Samsung’s Geoje shipyard in South Korea...

Rapid Process Design

September
2006
Reactions and Separations
Professor Michael F. Doherty, Sagar B. Gadewar
Use this structured approach, which combines preliminary experimental data with predictive methods and heuristics, to quickly generate and screen process alternatives at the early stages of a new venture.

March 2015 CEP Preview

March 9, 2015
This month CEP features a look at lignocellulosic biofuels, from various production processes to what's needed to scale up bioenergy operations.

Introduction to Solid-Fluid Equilibrium Modeling

September
2014
Back To Basics
Chau-Chyun Chen, Yifan Hao, Sheik Tanveer
This article introduces the thermodynamic property models that are commonly used in process simulators to perform solid-liquid equilibrium and solid-supercritical fluid equilibrium calculations.

Chemistry Simulation Drives Clean Technology Progress

August
2008
Fluids and Solids Handling
Scott A. Drennan
Here's how to determine when to use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to simulate the detailed chemistry of reacting flows for combustion and chemical processes.

Beware of Errors in Numerical Problem-Solving

November
2009
Computational Methods
Michael B. Cutlip, Michael Elly, Mordechai Shacham
Understand how to detect and prevent common errors when using mathematical software tools.

Computational Fluid Dynamics - Power to the People

April
2007
Computational Methods
Suzanne Shelley
Today's CFD Programs are more powerful and easier to use than ever, thanks to improved mesh-generation strategies, computational methodologies, user interfaces and enhanced graphics capabilities. Cover photo courtesy of Acusim and Intelligent Light.

Harnessing the Power of Virtual Reality

July
2012
On The Horizon
Li Guo, Zhouzhou Li, Jinghai Li, Xinhua Liu, Bona Lu, Fanxiao Meng, Zhaojie Xia, Mingkun Zhao
Advances in physical modeling and computational science will revolutionize the way engineers develop and design new technologies and processes.

The World of Wireless

February
2010
News Feature
Matthew McKeon-Slattery
As wireless technologies have advanced, old limits have been overcome and new challenges have sprung up. Further growth is likely to be driven by specific application and cost-reduction needs. <br>

How Good Are Your Data?

June
2002
Instrumentation
Scott D. Barnicki
Some thoughts on the measurement and interpretation of vapor-liquid equilibrium

Using Automation to Produce Quality Pharmaceuticals

October
2011
Instrumentation
Joseph S. Alford, P.E.
Automation can pay large dividends in the form of reduced process cycle times, lower operational costs, and more-consistent processes for manufacturing high-quality pharmaceutical products.

Alarm Management for Regulated Industries

April
2005
Instrumentation
Joseph S. Alford
This article focuses on the regulatory drivers for alarm management, summarizes key practices, and challenges automation vendors to devise new ways to help customers implement more-effective alarm systems.

Process Synthesis: Poised for a Wider Role

April
2001
On The Horizon
W. R. Johns
Software for generating process designs has made relatively limited inroads so far. But, it now is set to follow simulation and become a tool routinely used by chemical engineers.

Virtualizing Your Process Control Computers

January
2012
Instrumentation
Paul Hodge
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,...

Process Simulation from the Ground Up

April
2009
Back To Basics
David Hill
Today's process simulators produce graphical, data-filled and detailed results that can improve the effectiveness of the engineers who use them.

Audit Your New EHS Software System

October
2004
Environmental Management
Jill Barson Gilbert
A post-implementation audit of the environmental, health and safety management information system evaluates how well the software meets user needs and its value to the organization.

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.

Reduce Unplanned Shutdowns

September
2003
Instrumentation
Cindy Scott
Today's intelligent devices are equipped with modern alarm technology that enables speedy delivery of critical information to key personnel, thus enhancing efficiency and minimizing downtime.
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