Plant Operations

What do a Trash Disposal Site and a Refinery Share in Common

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
These facts are true about refineries – They are always short of hydrogen They are considered by the local community as a toxic site to be controlled...

PHA Analysis of Loss of Containment Events Involving Fixed Assets

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
PHA Analysis of Loss of Containment Events Involving Fixed Assets Russ Davis, CSP National AIMS MI COE Manager Mistras Group In many cases the PHA...

Safety Research on Methanol-to-Olefins Process

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:45am-11:15am
This paper introduces the present situation of methanol to olefin (MTO) process in China, Analyzed the safety technical requirement based on the...

Improving Plant Safety - an Operator Centric View on Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:15am-10:45am
Improving Plant Safety - An Operator Centric View on Process Safety Dr.-Ing. Gregor Fernholz, Global Business Development Manager OTS, Invensys,...

Lightning Warning Techniques for Risk Mitigation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:00am-9:30am
Lightning can pose a threat to numerous processes associated with the production and handling of energetic materials and materials that may produce...

The Role Of Sequential Automation In Improving Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
The ISA106 Committee has released the first technical report for this standard dealing with Sequential Automation for Continuous Process Operations (...

Real-Time Risk Assessment and Decision Support

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
Managers and operators of major hazard facilities make complex decisions in hazardous situations as a part of their daily work activity. These...

Inventory and Fate of Chemical Additives to Improve Plant Reliability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:15pm-4:45pm
Chemical additives provide strong benefits to plant operations including the reduction of process upsets resulting from foaming, fouling, emulsions,...

Popcorn Polymer Fouling in Light Ends Units

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:00pm-4:15pm
Popcorn polymer fouling is thought to be exclusive to Butadiene plants, but in fact, there are dozens of isolated cases of popcorn polymer fouling...

Recent Development in Natural Gas Liquefaction Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
The LNG industry is an ever-changing industry where we face new challenges and solve new problems every day. The shale gas boom, the search of off-...

Avoiding Waterside Corrosion Problems in Ethylene Plant Steam Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Avoiding Waterside Corrosion Problems in Ethylene Plant Steam Systems Proper water chemistry control is essential to maintaining reliable, efficient...

Lambda Tuning Methodology for Level and Other Integrating Processes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Tuning PID controllers for integrating processes, such as levels, can be frustrating and counterintuitive. For example, reducing the controller...

Advances in Automation: Wireless the Enabler

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Older refineries and petrochemical facilities were built with the minimum amount of instrumentation, only that which was necessary to safely operate...

Cascade Utilization of Fuel Gas Energy in Gtl Plant

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 4:45pm-5:00pm
This paper investigates on a GTL plant with ATR syngas production and proposes a new process to use GT/WHRGSP to replace the fired heater. The new...

Mixing and Blending of Solids

Archived Webinar
Oct 30, 2013
This webinar provides an introduction to both the fundamentals of mixing processes and how to assess mixture quality and examine the qualities of...

Offshore Process Overview

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 1:00pm-3:30pm
Offshore topside facilities are typically designed for minimum processing of the well fluids to minimize the topside facilities weight and footprint...

Integration of Planning and Control

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:30am-11:30am
Interoperability refers to the methods by which software applications and systems access data among themselves as required in order to function...

Effect of Process Conditions On Film Temperature in Fired Heaters

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Variation in process conditions in fired heaters arise due to multiple circumstances, of these, percentage of excess air, throughput and inlet...

LNG Technology Development at Air Products

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 12:00pm-12:30pm
This presentation will trace the beginning of MCR (mixed components refrigerant) and use of Coil Wound Heat Exchanger, from helium recovery to the...

Update of the Activities of the NOx Safety Task Group

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 8:45am-9:15am
The initial AIChE Task Group for NOx Safety was set up following a disclosure of significant accumulations of the NOx compound, N 2 O 3, in an...

MAPD Stability and Management in Ethylene Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 8:30am-8:45am
Abstract MAPD Stability and Management in Ethylene Plants Accumulation of C3 (MAPD, Methyl Acetylene & Propadiene) and C4 (VA, Vinyl Acetylene)...

Nonlinear APC Solution for Polypropylene Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 8:30am-9:00am
Abstract A Nonlinear Model Predictive Control Solution has been implemented on the two Polypropylene Lines at Saudi Polyolefins Company (TASNEE)...

Non-Invasive Closed Loop Step Testing Technology for MPC Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Multivariable Predictive Control (MPC) is the most widely used advanced process control technology in the process industries. For instance, there are...

Setting the Revamp Basis: What Is Current Operation?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:15am-11:45am
A revamp aims to modify a plant to meet some new combination of capacity, feed, product, safety or regulatory requirements. The starting point on any...

Management Discipline: Defining a Process Safety Strategy

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:15am-11:45am
Management Discipline: Defining a Process Safety Strategy Jerry J. Forest - Global Process Safety Manager, Celanese jerry.forest@celanese.com...

Balancing Act - Simple Techniques for Steam Header Controls

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 10:15am-10:45am
An industrial steam distribution system with multiple headers, turbines, boilers, and reducing valves is managed with header control strategies that...

Water / Wastewater Optimization Methods for Industrial Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 9:00am-9:30am
Efficient management of water and wastewater systems in large industrial complexes is important for minimizing costs and optimizing natural resources...

Defining and Creating Best Practices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:45am-9:15am
The continuous drive for excellence in our industry reaches all segments and disciplines of our organizations. The goal to improve the safety of our...

Troubleshooting a Furnace Emissions Problem

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:45am-9:15am
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...

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,...

Optimization of An Industrial Power Plant

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
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

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Abqaiq Plant Virtual Plant RTO Implementation Abstract Abqaiq Plant is the largest worldwide crude stabilization plant with $200MM energy consumption...

Successful Sulfur Unit Startups

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:45pm-3:15pm
As the environmental importance of Sulfur Recovery Units increases, so too does the importance of smooth and successful SRU startups. This paper will...

Current Myths about LNG

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
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...

Automation and Control of Drug-On-Demand Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 5:15pm-5:45pm
Stimulated by initiatives such as PAT and QbD, the pharmaceutical industry has been focusing on the development of innovative, efficient...

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)...

Furnace Stories

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 12:00am
The cracking furnace is the heart of the ethylene plant, consuming the most energy, adding the most value and with the potential to cause the most...

Modeling of Ground Flare Pits

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
New LNG liquefaction facilities have been configured to include large ground flares to allow for the safe combustion of large volumes of combustible...
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