Plant Operations

Critical Alarm Management : Connecting the Dots

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
In the aftermath of some high profile national security incidents, investigations starting with the catastrophe or near miss and working backwards...

Safety Management System Challenges for Small Companies

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Ester Brawley, Steve Maher “Unique Challenges Facing Small Companies Developing and Implementing PSM” Small Companies that are subject to PSM face...

Amine Treating: A Technology Review and Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
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

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Relief evaluation and system design for laboratories and pilot plants presents unique challenges to the relief designer. Relief devices designed for...

Using Alarms As a Layer of Protection

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Alarms and operator response are one of the first layers of protection in preventing a plant upset from escalating into a hazardous event. This...

MPC Revamp of Two Naphtha Crackers, Lessons Learned and Relearned

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Braskem is the 8th largest petrochemical company in the world and the biggest producer of polymers in the Americas. The Braskem Triunfo site includes...

Reducing CO2 Emissions From Refineries Through Chemistry Upgrade

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Despite the lack of a global greenhouse gas emission reduction agreement, regional schemes are moving forward to limit CO 2 and other GHG emissions...

Re-Rating Ethylene Plant Equipment for Optimum Results

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
Rerating of turbomachinery equipment installed in ethylene plants is a well established method of improving plant operation, whether it is capacity...

How to Structure a Basic Care Strategy for Rotating Equipment

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
Do your operators and management know the real health of your machinery?. Do they depend too much on the alarm notification of the abnormal condition...

Combustion of Mixtures: A Modified IFC Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
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

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
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...

Improving Gas Condensate Reservoir Productivity

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:00pm
Gas condensate reservoirs experience great losses in productivity as the reservoir pressure drops below the dew point pressure due to formation and...

Introduction to Pinch Analysis

Archived 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

Archived 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

Archived 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

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

A Century of Process Safety: Process Safety at OSHA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 17, 2008 - 12:00pm-12:30pm
This presentation will provide a brief history of OSHA's efforts in process safety management. It will include discussion of the PSM standard and...

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...

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—...

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...

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...

Easy Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

December
2012
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Specifying Laser Scanning Services

May
2005
Plant Design
Eric Hoffman
Increasingly, project managers are called upon to employ laser scanning technology. However, little information available to aid with its specification. This article discusses the basics of laser scanning and the parameters that should be included...

Improving Reverse Osmosis Performance

September
2010
Reactions and Separations
Loraine Huchler
Follow these guidelines for monitoring, evaluating, and troubleshooting RO units to ensure reliable and efficient system operation.

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.

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.

Spray Dryers: A Guide to Performance Evaluation, 2nd Edition

August, 2004
Spray Dryers: A Guide to Performance Evaluation, Second Edition discusses the reasons for spray drying. These reasons are usually to produce a product with certain desired properties or with better efficiency than other methods. The book discusses how to plan in light of these objectives and gives...
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