Process Design & Development

Massive Porter Ranch Gas Leak a Cautionary Tale

February 12, 2016
Months of chaos, fear, and the smell of rotten eggs came to an end at Porter Ranch in Los Angeles on Thursday, once crews digging a relief well finally pierced the deep,...

Basic Emergency Relief System Design

Public (classroom) Course
Preparing to use DIERS technology in your emergency relief system design - but not sure where to start? Attend this instructor-led, 3-day course for...

Designing Dust Collectors

September
2011
Fluids and Solids Handling
Greg Mehos, P.E.
To assure reliable and safe operation of a dust collector, apply the basic principles of chute and hopper design — which are based on the dust's fundamental flow properties.

Bioreactor Design for Chemical Engineers

August
2011
Back To Basics
Gregory T. Benz
Fermentation processes are based on chemical engineering principles. Understand these concepts to achieve optimal bioreactor design.

Video Tutorial: Basics of BFDs, PFDs, and PIDs

January 18, 2016
Confused about the differences between block flow diagrams (BFDs), process flow diagrams (PFDs), and piping and instrumentation diagrams (PIDs)? Then this tutorial is for you. And...

European Efforts in Process Intensification

Archived Webinar
Aug 19, 2015
European Union (EU) efforts to develop Process Intensification (PI) for the chemical industry have been more focused and organized than US efforts...

The Eight Steps to Specify a Catalyst Bed

Archived Webinar
Nov 12, 2014
This webinar outlines the eight basic steps in specifying a hydro-genation catalyst: performance specification, process configuration, catalyst...

Selected Pressure Relief Systems Heuristics

Archived Webinar
Aug 27, 2014
In this webinar, you learn heuristics for a few common overpressure scenarios including blocked pump outlet, low-pressure vent piping losses, fire...

Processing Challenges with Tight Oil

Archived Webinar
Jun 4, 2014
This presentation provides insight into processing challenges with tight oil. Opportunity crudes from shale are more readily available in North...

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...

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.

Simple Opportunities for Improving Energy Efficiency

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Energy efficiency has become an important theme in the process industries, and many companies have implemented sophisticated strategies to improve...

Pressure Relief Valve Sizing Equations Basis

Archived 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...

Storage and Flow of Bulk Solids

Archived Webinar
May 12, 2010
This webinar addresses the fundamentals of the flow and storage of bulk solids, and clearly demonstrates the considerable science behind the design...

Chemical Product Design

Archived Webinar
Sep 9, 2009
This webinar will be of particular benefit to industrial practitioners involved in the design of chemical products and processes, and faculty at...

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.

Biofuels Process Development

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 10:00am
Biofuels process development is exploding due to high crude oil prices, desire for energy independence, and government subsidy. Many challenges exist...

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.

Reactor Selection: Plug Flow or Continuously Stirred Tank?

April
2006
Reactions and Separations
Professor David Glasser, David Milne, David Glasser, Diane Hildebrandt and Brendon Hausberger
Use this graphical technique to choose a reactor configuration based on optimizing residence time.

Follow this Process Development Path

December
2013
Reactions and Separations
Paul Szabo
Bench-scale engineering (BSE) and the interdisciplinary no-transfer team (INTT) are valuable complements to the scale-down-before-scale-up method of process development.

Designing Pneumatic Conveying Systems

May
2006
Fluids and Solids Handling
Eric Maynard
Use this 9-step methodology to design and operate a reliable and cost-effective system to efficiently transport materials.

Crystallization Process Development

eLearning (online) Course
An in-depth overview of what theories, methods and techniques should be on the radar of every engineer involved in crystallization processes and...

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.

Integrated Process Synthesis

Public (classroom) Course
As a chemical engineer, before you can make proposed process alterations you must consider the potential investment return. Yet, typically this...

Improve Energy Efficiency via Heat Integration

December
2010
Heat Transfer
Alan Rossiter
Process heat integration using pinch analysis is a respected tool for achieving energy efficiency. This article explains what pinch analysis is and how to use it in process design and operation to attain real-world energy efficiency gains.

Rapid Process Design

September
2006
Reactions and Separations
Professor Michael F. Doherty, Sagar B. Gadewar
Use this structured approach, which combines preliminary experimental data with predictive methods and heuristics, to quickly generate and screen process alternatives at the early stages of a new venture.

Handle Bulk Solids Safely and Effectively

September
2009
Fluids and Solids Handling
Eric Maynard, Greg Mehos and Eric Maynard
Follow these guidelines for proper design of bins, hoppers, and feeders to avoid operational and safety problems.

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...

Particle Flow Behaviors in a New Type of FCC Feed Injection Scheme

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:30am-8:45am
Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process is one of the most important techniques in the refining industry. In the present FCC reactor-regenerator...

Engineering Global Biological Solutions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 11:15am-12:15pm
The past decades have seen biopharmaceuticals begin to dominate the drug development pathway and already we can see potent biologics bringing...

Impact of Recycling Light Olefins to the FCC

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 9:15am-9:30am
Recycling light olefin product streams back to a fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit has potential applications in US refineries due to the growing...

Monetizing US Natural Gas

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 1:00pm-1:30pm
Over the last several years Bechtel has experienced a dramatic increase in project opportunities that will convert low-cost, abundant North American...

Scientific Design's Integrated Ethanol to EO/ EG Process

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:00am-11:30am
There has been a renewed interest lately in non-petroleum derived feed stocks for many chemical processes. Among the fermentation-derived feed stocks...

Low Temperature / Auto-Refrigeration Incidents Panel Discussion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 4:15pm-4:45pm
A number of ethylene producers will share their experiences with low temperature / auto-refrigeration (near miss incidents, PHAs, mitigation, etc.)...

Gas Trial for FLNG Nearshore Commissioning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Gas trial is the important process to evaluate Cargo System Performance for FLNG Project. Several methods are now being considered and we will...

A FT-GTL Technology for Small-Scale Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Abstract Stranded gas wells are reserves of natural gas (NG) that have been discovered but deemed unusable due to physical or economic reasons owing...
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