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AIChE Journal Highlight: Tribute to Founders: Roger Sargent

September
2016
Journal Highlight
Widely recognized as the intellectual leader, father, and pioneer of process systems engineering, Roger Sargent has played a role in shaping the chemical engineering discipline. A tribute to Sargent in the September issue of the AIChE Journal...

Interpreting Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams

January 27, 2011
Learning to read and interpret piping and instrumentation diagrams via dry text-based articles (unlike those produced by yours truly) can be painful. To make this critical topic a...

4th AIChE Regional Process Technology Conference

August 1, 2012
The South Texas Section of the AIChE, in partnership with AIChE HQ, is hosting its 4th Regional Process Technology Conference at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference...

June 2015 CEP Preview

June 16, 2015
Chemical engineers continue to earn more than the average U.S. worker. The median salary of survey respondents is $127,000 — a 5.8% increase over 
the median reported in 2013.

Interpreting Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams

August 24, 2010
With a Bit of Smoke, a Few Mirrors and a Degree in Hieroglyphics, Anyone Can Learn to Read a P&ID. This is Part 1 of a five-part series. Part 1 - Introduction Engineers love...

Entering a New Golden Age of Chemical Engineering

September 19, 2012
This post is the first in a series of 12 posts about who ChEs are, what we’re doing, and where we’re going. 2013 AIChE president Phil Westmoreland looks at trends, considers the...

Water: Industrial Discharge Permits

September 6, 2011
Environmental management groups are cracking down on industries by imposing tighter discharge limits and making industries everywhere contemplate in-house pretreatment programs—...

January 2016 CEP Preview

January 15, 2016
BUSINESS Navigating Oil Price Volatility After several years of stability, oil prices plummeted to record lows in mid-2014. This, along with increased natural gas production in...

Interpreting Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams

September 1, 2010
With a Bit of Smoke, a Few Mirrors and a Degree in Hieroglyphics, Anyone Can Learn to Read a P&ID. Part 2 - The Fundamentals In Part 1 of this series, I talked about why a...

Acetylene Hydrogenation Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 2:05pm-3:00pm
Acetylene Hydrogenation Tutorial Author: Edgar Mohundro – Acetylene hydrogenation is a very important step in most olefins plant operations along the...

Manage Risk and Improve Production Start-up of Capital Projects

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 1:00pm-1:30pm
In the final phases of a capital project, there are periods of high risk and several opportunities to shorten the time to full, on-spec production...

Hydrates in Ethylene Plant Cold Section

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:15pm-4:50pm
Ethylene plants are at risk of hydrate formation due to the very nature of the process: wet hot section followed by high-pressure, cryogenic...

Carbon Disulfide (CS2): A New Challenge for Steam Cracker Complexes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:05pm-2:35pm
Chemical companies are continuously exploring new opportunities in order to increase competitiveness. In today’s market this can be attained through...

Emissions Testing of Pressure Assisted Flare Burners

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:45am-10:00am
The flare system for a new US Gulf Coast propylene production unit will be a multipoint ground flare utilizing pressure assisted burners. The...

Advanced Control of Wild Loads to or from Multiple Units

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Advanced Control of Wild Loads to or from Multiple Units Darwin Logerot , ProSys, Inc., Houston, TX In many situations in refineries and chemical...

Bhopal 30 Years Later

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 3:45pm-4:30pm
On the early morning of December 3rd 1984 a large release of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas occurred in a pesticide production plant located in Bhopal,...

Cangrejera Learnings

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Process safety management systems should be in place to ensure repeatability in operations. A good system consists of higher level procedures that...

Hybrid Models of Distillation Towers for Plant Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
Real time optimization of plant operations started in 1980s and expanded rapidly during 1990s and early 2000s. Such applications have brought...

Optimization Methodology of Bog Rate for the LNG Carriers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 8:30am-9:00am
A new propulsion system, such as Dual Fuel Diesel Engine (DFDE), has replaced the conventional steam propulsion system. Even though Main Engine Gas...

Integrating Wastewater Reuse with Seawater Desalination

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 8:00am-8:30am
Freshwater shortages are forcing industrial customers to rethink water supply options. Industrial facilities located near oceans or saline aquifers...

Steam Cracking Furnace Pre-Commissioning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:15pm-4:45pm
In order to bring a steam cracking furnace from construction completion to beneficial operation, suitable pre-commissioning and commissioning...

Integrated Modelling and Optimization of Refinery Hydrogen Networks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Current trends in the demand of middle distillates are stretching the existing hydrogen production capacity, resulting in a deficit in the refinery...

Cracking Furnace Line Flushing Pre-Commissioning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:00pm-4:15pm
The abundance of low cost shale gas has led to numerous projects in North America to expand existing or construct new ethylene production units. Most...

Case Study on SMALL-Scale LNG Facility Expansion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
With the influx of natural gas production throughout the United States, the small-scale LNG market is growing at a rapid pace. One option to take...

Guidelines for Dynamic Modeling of Column Startup

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Advances in computing speed continue to enable dynamic modeling of ever increasing complexity. This includes simulation of non-routine conditions...

Boosting Returns through Advanced Hydrogen Solutions in Refineries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Modern high complexity refining landscape involves increasing proportion of ‘opportunity crudes’ processing and widened bottom-of-the-barrel...

Ten Commandments of Risk Based Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF PROCESS SAFETY Thou shall honor thy container Thou shall always maintain a sense of vulnerability Thou shall eliminate...

Changing Demographics: Preserving Safety and Increasing Performance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
While process plants under development hold promise for innovative technology, movement from analogue to digital control rooms, and the latest in...

Automation Solutions for Processing Tight Oil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:45am-11:00am
Opportunity crudes from shale are more readily available in North America with incentives on cost. However, these typically lighter crude oils don't...

FCC Main Fractionator Debottlenecked By Online Waterside Cleaning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
A Refinery FCC is critical to product blending, and an unplanned shutdown has large economic penalties. Water quality at a refinery can bring a unit...

Steam Control in Elevated Steam Assisted Flares

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:00am-10:30am
Steam assisted flares are commonly used in the petrochemical industry. Over-steaming of these flares can be a cause of incomplete combustion. But,...

Cost Effective Control of Red Oil in Caustic Tower Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 9:00am-9:30am
Cost Effective Control of Red Oil in Caustic Tower Systems Authors: Kyle David Mankin Global Marketing Manager- Petrochemicals P. N Ramaswamy ,...

Advanced Aromatics Recovery Technology with AED-BTX Process

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:30am-9:00am
For over forty years, the petrochemical industry has used Liquid-Liquid Extraction (LLE) for the Aromatics Recovery. Even though Extractive...

The Four Pillars of Industrial Energy Efficiency

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Opportunities to improve plant performance and thus enhance energy efficiency across the CPI fall into four main categories: operational improvements...

Integrated LNG and NGL Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Cryogenic NGL extraction plants from natural gas offer an attractive opportunity for LNG production as a side stream. Cold gas is tapped from the...

Steam Load Shedding System Design Using Dynamic Simulation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
In a refinery, steam utility is one of the most important utilities, which can be used at different temperature ranges. Proper handling of the...

Challenge of Mitsubishi Chemical's Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 11:30am-12:00pm
Mitsubishi Chemical has been working to improve process safety by implementing safety review (SR) activities.The aim of the SR activity is to improve...

Refrigeration Compressor Recycle Quench Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 11:00am-11:30am
Many olefins plant refrigeration compressors use a spray quench of liquid refrigerant to cool the hot recycle gas stream. Typically, the recycle flow...

Reliability: The Next Revolution in Process Manufacturing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 9:45am-10:00am
David Rosenthal, PE, CMRP is a Reliability Consultant representing his Reliability Strategy and Implementation Consultancy LLC firm. He previously...
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