Process Design & Development

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...

Inline Mixing Device for Medical Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 7:00pm
In the surgical field, the mixing of two combined fluid streams is required to form fibrin glue, used as a tissue sealant or a hemostat. The sealant...

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.

Shortcut Methodology in Pilot Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:00am
This session is devoted to short cut methods in pilot plants, including enhanced experimentation, multi-throughput methods, and use of modeling to...

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...

Kamlesh Bhatia: A Career In Innovation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 17, 2008 - 7:00pm
We give an introduction and overview of the career of Dr. Kamlesh K. Bhatia, highlighting his major accomplishments and his influences on current and...

The Yoga of Process Development

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 17, 2008 - 7:00pm
Process Development is analogous to Yoga. It is a ‘Yoga' – a disciplined process for integrating the essential components to create a vision of the ‘...

Design and Process Control Issues In Nanomanufacturing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 17, 2008 - 7:00pm
This presentation will raise awareness of some key process issues involved in answering the following primary question: in manufacturing products...

Success and Prospects in Process Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 7:00pm
Process Systems Engineering (PSE) has been at the core of chemical engineering's definition as a discipline since the earliest stages of its...

Follow this Process Development Path

December
2013
Reactions and Separations
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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.

Making EHS an Integral Part of Process Design

June, 2001
This book presents an approach—termed MERITT (Maximizing EHS Returns by Integrating Tools and Talents)—for enhancing process development through better integration of environmental, health, and safety evaluations. It draws upon critical components of inherent safety, pollution prevention, green...

Guidelines for Process Safety in Batch Reaction Systems

September, 1999
Batch reaction systems pose unique challenges to process safety managers because they do not operate in a steady state. The sequence of processing steps, and frequent start-ups and shutdowns, increase the possibility of human errors and equipment failures. And, since batch plants are often designed...

Guidelines for Design Solutions for Process Equipment Failures

August, 1998
While there is no "perfect" solution or absolute zero risk, engineering design can significantly reduce risk potential in the CPI. In Guidelines for Design Solutions to Process Equipment Failures, industry experts offer their broad experience in identifying numerous solutions to the more common...

Designing Pneumatic Conveying Systems

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

Understanding Crystallization and Crystallizers

October
2006
Fluids and Solids Handling
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Ketan D. Samant
Lionel O'Young
Gain qualitative insight into the basic mechanisms of crystallization, the principles of crystallizer operation, and the ways in which these concepts relate to the selection and application of the various crystallizer configurations in industrial...

Piloting Bioreactors for Agitation Scale-Up

February
2008
Reactions and Separations
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Gregory T. Benz
This article offers guidance on how to design appropriate experiments to measure scalable data for agitation in both aerobic and anaerobic bioreactors.

Cost Management in Heat-Transfer-Fluid Systems

July
2006
Heat Transfer
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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.

Designing Suspension-Mixing Systems

January
2006
Fluids and Solids Handling
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Pavel Ditl
Frantisek Rieger
Impeller and vessel geometries are key factors in selecting mixing equipment to efficiently suspend particulate solids in slurries

Apply an Integrated Approach to Catalytic Process Design

February
2007
Reactions and Separations
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James Nehlsen
Mitrajit Mukherjee
Richard V. Porcelli
To ensure a practical, efficient and economically viable process, first consider how a successful catalytic reaction system would work, then focus on making a catalyst with the desired characteristics.

Successfully Scale Up Solids Handling

April
2008
Fluids and Solids Handling
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John W. Carson
Thomas G. Troxel
K. Eric Bengtson
A sound theoretical model of the process to be scaled is the best approach; if one is not available, bench-scale testing, physical scale modeling or full-scale modeling is required. Here are guidelines as to which method is appropriate for various...

Selecting Elbows for Pneumatic Conveying Systems

September
2007
Fluids and Solids Handling
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Paul Wagner
The right elbow can keep your system operating at peak performance, reduce maintenance costs, and minimize material attrition and elbow wear. This article describes common elbows and outlines factors to consider when selecting one.

Easy Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

December
2012
Operations & Maintenance
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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.

Applying the Paradigm Case Method for Flowmeter Selection

September
2006
Fluids and Solids Handling
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Jesse Yoder
This effective approach to flowmeter selection involves a step-by-step method that begins by matching the application with the flowmeter(s). Then, a series of criteria are applied to narrow the selection.

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.

Harnessing the Power of Virtual Reality

July
2012
On The Horizon
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Xinhua Liu
Li Guo
Zhaojie Xia
Bona Lu
Mingkun Zhao
Fanxiao Meng
Zhouzhou Li
Jinghai Li
Advances in physical modeling and computational science will revolutionize the way engineers develop and design new technologies and processes.

Design and Control of Distillation Systems for Separating Azeotropes

March, 2010
Hands-on guidance for the design, control, and operation of azeotropic distillation systems Following this book's step-by-step guidance, readers learn to master tested and proven methods to overcome a major problem in chemical processing: the distillation and separation of azeotropes. Practical in...

Succeed at Process Integration

January
2004
Career Catalyst
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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.

Improve Energy Efficiency via Heat Integration

December
2010
Heat Transfer
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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
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Michael 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
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Eric Maynard
Greg Mehos and Eric Maynard
Follow these guidelines for proper design of bins, hoppers, and feeders to avoid operational and safety problems.

Understanding Electromagnetic Flowmeters

May
2010
Instrumentation
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Ronald W. DiGiacomo
Consisting of a flow tube, field-generating coils, electrodes, and a transmitter, a magmeter accurately measures the flowrate of conductive fluids over a wide range of conditions.

Selecting In-Process Particle-Size Analyzers

August
2003
Fluids and Solids Handling
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Paul Barrett
To select the proper instrument for process monitoring, one must determine what attribute of the particle system impacts the process or product parameter of concern. Once the size region is identified, it can be tracked in-process, opening up the...

Designing a Process Flowsheet

May
2009
Back To Basics
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Vornel Walker
Piping and instrumentation diagrams belong to a family of flowsheets that includes block flow diagrams and process flow diagrams. Technology advances have transformed these resources into intelligent documents, capable of storing layers of digital...

Process Synthesis: Poised for a Wider Role

April
2001
On The Horizon
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W. R. Johns
Software for generating process designs has made relatively limited inroads so far. But, it now is set to follow simulation and become a tool routinely used by chemical engineers.

Create Business Value Through Process Modeling

September
2007
Management
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Bernard McGarvey
As businesses strive to improve productivity, process modeling can be a powerful tool. This article explores the role of modeling in enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of process development and manufacturing.

Determine the Optimum Number of Process Trains

January
2010
Back To Basics
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Gregory T. Benz
This article demonstrates that the repair and expense costs of process trains are not proportional to their capital costs and that, in most cases, building one plant with a single process train is the most economically efficient choice. <br>...

Basic Process Measurements

June, 2009
A unique resource for process measurement Basic Process Measurements provides a unique resource explaining the industrial measuring devices that gauge such key variables as temperature, pressure, density, level, and flow. With an emphasis on the most commonly installed technologies, this guide...

Squeeze More Out of Complex Columns

July
2002
Reactions and Separations
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Piyush Shah
These distillation setups can cut capital and operating costs by up to 30%, and increase separation efficiency. Here is a straightforward method for evaluation.

Reduce Risk When Sourcing Abroad

October
2010
Fluids and Solids Handling
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Gregory T. Benz
Ling Du
Purchasing lower-cost process equipment from vendors in developing nations can be an attractive proposition in times of economic austerity. When sourcing outside local channels, keep the points discussed here in mind to avoid costly problems that go...

Fermentation Goes Large-Scale

January
2003
Special Section
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Pim van Hoek
Aristos Aristidou
J. J. Hahn
Alex Patist
Designing an economically competitive and environmentally sustainable fermentation route means considering the downstream separations needed to capture the final product during the initial process design.

Ensure Proper Design and Operation of Multi-Pass Trays

June
2005
Reactions and Separations
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Mark Pilling
To function properly at optimum capacity and efficiency, multi-pass trays must be designed so that the liquid and vapor flows are properly balanced. This article provides guidance on how to achieve that.

Selecting Agitator Seals for Bioprocessing Applications

January
2008
Fluids and Solids Handling
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Gregory T. Benz
William Ho Liam Teng
Issues such as sterility, isolation and contamination must be considered when choosing seals for use in biotech and pharmaceutical processes. This overview describes common types of seals and offers guidance on selecting the appropriate seal for...

The Flange Factor in Gasket Selection

September
2011
Fluids and Solids Handling
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Dave Burgess
John Crandall
Gaskets should be chosen based on service conditions, as well as the type of flanges to be sealed. These principles will help to guide the selection.

Keys to Bioreactor Selection

March
2002
Reactions and Separations
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John A. Williams
A few basic types of bioreactor designs are used to produce a wide range of products, from antibiotics to foods to fuels. Here's how to pick the best options for your application.

Succeed at Catalyst Scale-Up

June
2006
Reactions and Separations
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Uday T. Turaga
Donald R. Engelbert
William H. Beever
J. Todd Osbourne
Ben Wagner
Richard Allen
Jeff Braden
Follow these principles to reduce the time required for scale-up and commercialization to improve the resource effectiveness of the effort.

Minimize Scale-Up Risk

March
2010
SBE Special Section
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J. Brad Cort
Thomas Pschorn
Bertil Stromberg
Proven commercial-scale equipment already exists for many operations involved in producing biofuels from lignocellulosic feedstocks.

Improving Heat Exchanger Designs

April
2007
Heat Transfer
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Christopher A. Bennett
R. Stanley Kistler
Thomas G. Lestina
David C. King
This article defines and explains the factors that affect heat exchanger design margins. With the proper application of design margins, capital costs can be lowered and plant operations improved.
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