Equipment

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...

Unique Failure Mode for API Seal Plan 76

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Unique Failure Mode for API Seal Plan 76 Double mechanical seals with a pressure alarm in the containment chamber are commonly used in LPG and other...

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...

Galvanic Corrosion Between Dissimilar Metals

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 5, 2012
A Dow USGC cracker suffered a tube failure on a cracked gas compressor inner stage cooler after ten plus years of service. To further extend the...

Appropriate Placement of Compressors and Expanders

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
The term “Appropriate Placement” was introduced in Pinch Analysis during the 1980s to indicate how special unit operations should be correctly...

Platformer Debutanizer Revamp & Optimization

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Problem As part of Saudi Aramco Yanbu Refinery Excellence Program, We Identified the platforming high RVP issue as one of the most critical problem...

Useful Tips for Optimal Fired Heater Performance

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
Advanced Process Control Strategies for Process Fired Heaters Fired Heaters are used extensively throughout refineries for heating, vaporization and...

Installing a Charge Gas Compressor Booster

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
The Braskem Ethylene Southeast Plant expansion study from 500 MTA to 700 MTA recommended that the charge gas compressor turbine and the 1 st and 2 nd...

Re-Rating Ethylene Plant Equipment for Optimum Results

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
Rerating of turbomachinery equipment installed in ethylene plants is a well established method of improving plant operation, whether it is capacity...

Operations Management Panel Discussion

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
The intent of this session is to present and develop a framework for management of rotating equipment within the plant. The papers and panel...

Pressure Relief Valve Sizing Equations Basis

AIChE Webinar
Mar 14, 2012
Engineers responsible for the sizing of pressure relief valves, will get a more in-depth understanding of the mathematical basis for the sizing...

Mechanical Reliability

Virtual Local Section Webinar
Oct 27, 2011
Dave is a reliability and maintenance leader with over 30 years of chemical and process industry experience. His keynote address is on Mechanical...

Control Boiler Emissions through Work Practices and Energy Management

February
2014
Environmental Management
James Robinson
The Boiler MACT regulation provides compliance options that include pollution-abatement equipment, work practices, and energy efficiency improvements. An energy management and reporting system (EMRS) can be a part of a plant’s compliance strategy.

Consider Single-Use Equipment for Biomanufacturing

November
2013
Fluids and Solids Handling
Roman Rodriguez
Traditional stainless steel equipment is increasingly being replaced with disposable units in new and existing processes alike, enabling more flexibility, higher efficiencies, and lower costs. Follow the guidance offered here to determine the most-effective single-use approach for your facility.

Ten Steps to an Effective Bin Design

November
2013
Back To Basics
Eric Maynard
Before choosing a bin and hopper for your bulk solids application, the flow properties and characteristics of the powder or bulk material must be known. Use this ten-step approach to determine the optimal bin design for your process.

Evaluating Centrifugal Compressor Performance

July
2013
Fluids and Solids Handling
AIChE’s Equipment Testing Procedures Committee; Centrifugal Compressor Procedure Subcommittee
Follow these practical tips to determine the condition of your centrifugal compressors.

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.

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.

Selecting Baffles for Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers

February
2012
Heat Transfer
Salem Bouhairie
Baffles play a crucial role in regulating shellside fluid flow and improving heat transfer between shellside and tubeside process fluids. Here's how to choose the correct baffle to meet process requirements.

Easy Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

December
2012
Operations & Maintenance
Alan Rossiter, Veerasamy Venkatesan
Managing the energy consumption of a process does not need to be complicated. This article presents some examples of less-complicated strategies.

Diagnosing Maldistribution in Towers

May
2007
Reactions and Separations
Simon X. Xu
Gamma CAT-scan technology makes possible the collection of much more vital online process information than conventional diagnostic techniques.

Assess the Performance of Positive-Displacement Pumps

December
2007
Fluids and Solids Handling
AIChE's Equipment Testing Procedures Committee
Here's how to evaluate rotary pumps— gear, lobe, vane and multiple-screw designs— regardless of whether the material being handled is a Newtonian or non-Newtonian fluid.

Applying the Paradigm Case Method for Flowmeter Selection

September
2006
Fluids and Solids Handling
Jesse Yoder
This effective approach to flowmeter selection involves a step-by-step method that begins by matching the application with the flowmeter(s). Then, a series of criteria are applied to narrow the selection.

Be Smart about Column Design

November
2012
Reactions and Separations
Daniel R. Summers, P.E., Mark Pilling, P.E.
Optimizing distillation equipment and processes can improve both the profitability and the greenness of an operation.

Cut Agitator Power Costs

November
2012
Back To Basics
Gregory T. Benz, P.E.
Agitator power consumption can be minimized by judicious equipment selection and careful operating procedures. Follow these guidelines to reduce your plant’s energy costs. In some cases, it may be as simple as flipping a switch.

Using Process Flowsheets as Communication Tools

October
2012
Back To Basics
Graham Nasby
Piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs), process flow diagrams (PFDs), and block flow diagrams (BFDs) are essential tools for documenting processes and promoting interdisciplinary understanding and communication.

Solid-Liquid Separation: A Guide to Centrifuge Selection

July
2012
Back To Basics
Tom Patnaik
Centrifugation is a necessary step in many pharmaceutical and chemical production processes. These guidelines will help chemical engineers better understand the process of centrifuge selection.

Choosing Process Vacuum Pumps

August
2012
Back To Basics
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.

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.

SBE Update

July
2009
SBE Special Section
June Wispelwey
Improving Biopharmaceutical Development

Select the Best Model for Two-Phase Relief Sizing

May
2001
Safety
Ron Darby, Paul R. Meiller, & Jarad R. Stockton , Ronald Darby
A variety of methods exist for sizing valves, but not all give the best predictions for certain conditions. RonDarby-PaulR.Meiller-JaradR.Stockton-

Evaluating Chiller Performance

May
2003
Heat Transfer
Charles Churchman
Use these simple temperature and flow measurement techniques to evaluate chilled-utility performance and identify the most cost-effective upgrades.

Valves 101: Types, Materials, Selection

March
2009
Back To Basics
Brian Gordon
The most common valves used in chemical processing are ball valves, butterfly valves, diaphragm valves, and check valves.
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