Plant Operations

Defining and Creating Best Practices

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
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

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
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

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
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

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...

Abqaiq Plant Virtual Plant RTO Implementation

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Abqaiq Plant Virtual Plant RTO Implementation Abstract Abqaiq Plant is the largest worldwide crude stabilization plant with $200MM energy consumption...

Successful Sulfur Unit Startups

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
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

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
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...

Furnace Stories

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 5, 2012
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

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
New LNG liquefaction facilities have been configured to include large ground flares to allow for the safe combustion of large volumes of combustible...

Using Alarms As a Layer of Protection

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Alarms and operator response are one of the first layers of protection in preventing a plant upset from escalating into a hazardous event. This...

Critical Alarm Management : Connecting the Dots

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
In the aftermath of some high profile national security incidents, investigations starting with the catastrophe or near miss and working backwards...

Amine Treating: A Technology Review and Tutorial

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Removal of H 2 S and CO 2 from gas streams and liquid hydrocarbon streams is important in many industrial processes. Solutions of aqueous amines have...

Relief Design for Laboratories and Pilot Plants

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Relief evaluation and system design for laboratories and pilot plants presents unique challenges to the relief designer. Relief devices designed for...

Combustion of Mixtures: A Modified IFC Approach

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
While most studies on flares have been done with single hydrocarbon fuels or binary mixtures, the reality of most industrial flares is that they see...

Mixed Fluid Cascade, Experience and Outlook

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
The first Base Load LNG plant, which has been built using the Mixed Fluid Cascade (MFC ® ) process, started up in 2007 at a Norwegian location close...

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...

Introduction to Pinch Analysis

AIChE Webinar
Apr 27, 2011
This webinar introduces the basic principles and tools of pinch analysis and shows how they can be applied in real-world applications.

Process Troubleshooting

AIChE Webinar
Oct 6, 2010
Professor Woods acts as a coach, guiding you through a process that matches your unique style. His goal is to help you recognize and polish your...

Piping and Instrumentation Drawings

AIChE Webinar
Jul 22, 2009
Piping & Instrumentation Drawings (P&IDs) are important communication tools for engineers. To be effective in the workplace, you must be able...

Process Flow Diagrams

AIChE Webinar
Jul 15, 2009
The webinar will benefit those inside and outside the process engineering community who need familiarity with PFDs as communication tools.

Apply Six Sigma for Process Improvement and Problem-Solving

March
2011
Back To Basics
George Liebermann
Many manufacturing processes are not run as efficiently as they could be. The Six Sigma methodology provides a foundation for continuous improvement and for solving quality, operational, and other problems.

Deflagration and Detonation Flame Arresters

May, 2002
Designed for chemical engineers and other technical personnel involved in the design, operation, and maintenance of facilities and equipment where deflagration and detonation flame arresters (DDFAs) may be required, this book fosters effective application and operation of DDFAs through treatment of...

Avoiding Static Ignition Hazards in Chemical Operations

September, 1999
Written by Laurence Britton, who has over 20 years' experience in the fields of static ignition and process fire and explosion hazards research, this resource addresses an area not extensively covered in process safety standards or literature: understanding and reducing potential hazards associated...

Prevent Pulsation Problems in Piping Systems

March
2006
Fluids and Solids Handling
Mark Corbo
Eliminate unnecessary damage in piping systems by following these guidelines to avoid pulsations from pumps and compressors.

Cost Management in Heat-Transfer-Fluid Systems

July
2006
Heat Transfer
Conrad E. Gamble, P.E.
By taking ownership of fluid-related decisions for the entire life of the project, from design through dismantling, users can secure the best and lowest-cost approach in process heating and cooling.

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.

Optimal Automated Process Fault Analysis

January, 2013
With this book as their guide, readers have a powerful new tool for ensuring the safety and reliability of any chemical processing system. It details a tested and proven strategy to develop optimal automated process fault analyzers.

Distillation Troubleshooting

March, 2006
The last half-century of research on distillation has tremendously improved our understanding and design of industrial distillation equipment and systems. High-speed computers have taken over the design, control, and operation of towers. Invention and innovation in tower internals have greatly...

Pipe Flow: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide

May, 2012
Pipe Flow provides the information required to design and analyze the piping systems needed to support a broad range of industrial operations, distribution systems, and power plants.

Troubleshoot and Solve Pneumatic Conveying Problems

June
2010
Fluids and Solids Handling
Eric Maynard, Eric Maynard
Use this scientific approach instead of a costly trial-and-error method to diagnose problems and implement solutions for conveying systems.

Succeed at Process Integration

January
2004
Career Catalyst
Alan Rossiter
In the application of pinch analysis for energy efficiency improvement and process optimization, technical excellence is necessary and human interactions are important for project success.

Make Your Plant More Energy-Efficient

December
2005
Heat Transfer
Alan Rossiter
Improve energy management by optimizing current equipment and operations, implementing economic investments, and engaging in sustaining activities.

Exploring Instrumentation Alternatives

September
2008
Instrumentation
Robert Baker
Salvaged, remanufactured, refurbished or new-surplus equipment may be a cost-effective option. Here's how to recognize when such devices may no longer meet safety or regulatory requirements.
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