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Chemical Engineering Practice

2017 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 29 - November 3, 2017
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

Books: December 2016

December
2016
Books
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Margot Lee Shetterly, William Morrow, New York, NY, $27.99, 368 pages, Sept. 2016, ISBN: 978-0-062-36359-6 During the labor...

December 2016 CEP Preview

December 7, 2016
This month, CEP features a look at business planning, as well as pump sizing, reducing process safety risks with the bow-tie diagram, and much more.

Catalyzing Commercialization: Converting Waste Heat into Electrical Power

December
2016
Catalyzing Commercialization
Waste heat is an enormous and largely untapped source of low-cost energy. More than half of the energy consumed in the world escapes into the atmosphere in the form of waste heat. With global energy demand projected to increase by nearly 50% by 2040...

New Products: December 2016

December
2016
New Products
Product Focus: Pumps Multistage Pump Reduces Carbon Dioxide Emissions The Xylem e-HM line of multistage pumps features modular construction and horizontal orientation that is suitable for industrial washing and refrigeration, food and beverage,...

Profile: Pursuing Science for the Public Good

December
2016
Profile
For Siddhartha “Sid” Roy, watching the Flint water crisis unfold and listening to the stories of its residents has emphasized the role the public should play in engineering and public health. “If we as engineers have a public-focused mindset, we...

2016 Official Chem-E-Car Competition® Video

November 16, 2016
This year, Korea's KAIST took the top award , coming within 11 cm of the target line. In this video, you'll see highlights from this year's competition, learn how it got started,...

2017 Western Student Regional Conference

April 14-16, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Chair: Michael Perez ( mdlperez1@gmail.com ) Advisor: Justin Opatkiewicz ( jopatkiewicz@ucsd.edu )

2017 Southern Student Regional Conference

March 31 - April 1, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Webpage Conference Chairs: Mary McBride and Melanie Lindsey ( aiche_src17@utk.edu ) Advisor: Eric Boder (...

Distillation Trays as Mechanical Equipment

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 2:00pm-3:00pm
Further your understanding of the mechanics of vapor-liquid handling on the tray, how trays are laid out and installed, and how this knowledge helps...

Stop Knocking Your Condensate Return

November
2016
Back To Basics
James R. Risko
Condensate return systems can have a big impact on productivity, energy efficiency, and site reliability. Use this guide to better understand your condensate return, optimize its operation, and mitigate common pitfalls such as high backpressure and water hammer.

Video Tutorial: Introduction to Free Convection

November 10, 2016
If you're not clear about the basics of free convection, this video tutorial is for you. In this post, the LearnChemE YouTube series by the faculty of University of Colorado...

CEP: News Update

November
2016
News Update
Shapeshifting Material Unfolds with Time A new hydrogel material can change shape on its own schedule. Cobalt Gets a New Look for Fischer-Tropsch The Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process converts synthesis gas (a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen)...

AIChE Journal Highlight: A High-Throughput Approach to Designing Materials

November
2016
Journal Highlight
In the November AIChE Journal Perspective article, “High-Throughput Methods Using Composition and Structure Spread Libraries,” John Kitchin and Andrew Gellman of Carnegie Mellon Univ. discuss a method to more efficiently map material properties across composition, structure, and environmental conditions.

New Products: November 2016

November
2016
New Products
Product Focus: Valves Throttling Valve Provides Dependable Shutoff The Clampseal throttling valve is suitable for severe-service applications that require repeatable flow control and reliable shutoff. The seat and stem assembly can be easily changed...

Patents: What Makes an Invention Nonobvious?

November
2016
Career Catalyst
M. Henry Heines
In addition to being novel, an invention must be nonobvious to qualify for a patent. Learn strategies that have and can be used to qualify your invention as nonobvious.

November 2016 CEP Preview

November 9, 2016
In addition to this month's cover story on food irradiation, you'll find articles on condensate return systems, budgeting techniques, patent strategies, and much more.

4th Middle East Process Engineering Conference & Exhibition (MEPEC 2017)

October 9-11, 2017
MEPEC 2015 is the 3rd Edition of the largest downstream process engineering conference in the Gulf region, and will be by far the biggest event to date. The conference & exhibition will be held at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre on the 15th to 17th of September 2015 and will feature the Middle East Regional Chem-E-Car Competition.

2017 Pacific Northwest Student Regional Conference

April 14-16, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Chairs: Kylee Mockler Martens ( mocklerk@oregonstate.edu ) and Dalton Myas ( myasd@oregonstate.edu )...

2017 North-Central Student Regional Conference

April 7-8, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Chair: Brianna Koning ( ncrc.aiche.iit@gmail.com ) Advisor: Donald Chmielewski ( chmielewski@iit.edu )

2017 Rocky Mountain Student Regional Conference

March 31 - April 2, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Chair: Samantha Link ( samantha.link@und.edu ) Advisor: Frank Bowman ( frank.bowman@engr.und.edu )...

2017 Mid-America Student Regional Conference

March 31 - April 1, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Chair: Carter Krafft ( carterkrafft@gmail.com ) Advisor: Hema Ramsurn ( hema-ramsurn@utulsa.edu )

2017 Southwest Student Regional Conference

March 24-25, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Chair: Al Higgins ( ahiggins@trinity.edu ) Advisor: Mahbub Uddin ( mahbub@trinity.edu )

2017 Northeast Student Regional Conference

March 24-25, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Chairs: Lenna Quackenbush, Chem-E-Car Lead ( lmquackenbush@wpi.edu ) and Christine Schondek, Conference...

2017 Mid-Atlantic Student Regional Conference

March 24-25, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Chair: Mariah Soyring ( soyringm0@students.rowan.edu ) Advisor: Kevin Dahm ( dahm@rowan.edu )

Video Tutorial: Radial Convective Heat Transfer

October 6, 2016
This month's video tutorial from LearnChemE's series of screencasts introduces radial convective heat transfer. It looks at three different correlations (Hilpert, Zukauskas,...

October 2016 CEP Preview

October 11, 2016
This month's cover feature focuses on investigating process incidents as a means of preventing future incidents.

AIChE Journal Highlight: Designing Materials for a Sustainable Future

October
2016
Journal Highlight
As the pressing needs of the world gradually shift toward the sustainable supply of energy and raw materials, preservation of natural resources and the environment, and targeted delivery of services and products, new opportunities arise for chemical...

Excel VBA Programming for Chemical Engineers

Public (classroom) Course
Get up-to-date on proven design and troubleshooting principles for handling bulk solids in bins, hoppers, chutes and feeders for safe and trouble-...

2017 AIChE President-Elect Debate

Archived Webinar
Aug 31, 2016
Meet the 2017 AIChE President-Elect candidates. Liese Dallbauman and Christine Seymour joined the AIChE Virtual Local Section to speak about their...

Molecular Sieve Cracked Gas Dryer Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 3:45pm-5:00pm
This tutorial provides an overview of adsorption technology. It will cover the following topics: adsorption phenomenon, structure and chemistry of...

Full Range Natural Gas Processing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Large and untapped natural gas reservoirs offer the opportunity to design a versatile and efficient gas processing complex. An optimized concept for...

Excelling with Excel #3 – Macros

July 21, 2010
Macros. To many, this term is shrouded in mystery. Between the 'hard problem' of consciousness and talking cats, does this world really need another unsolved mystery? I don't...

Video Tutorial: Nucleate Pool Boiling

March 3, 2015
Learn how to determine the heat flux and the convective heat transfer coefficient for a copper pipe where water is undergoing nucleate pool boiling.

World's First 3D-Printed Plane Takes to the Skies

July 28, 2011
Scientists have successfully flown the world's first 3D printed plane. Created entirely with printing technology, the plane went from design to completion in one week. Thanks to...

From Big Data to Smart Manufacturing

December 5, 2012
In this week’s post about the new Golden Age of ChE and the role of computing, Phil Westmoreland writes about “From Big Data to Smart Manufacturing.”

September 2015 CEP Preview

September 8, 2015
HEAT TRANSFER Cool Down with Liquid Nitrogen Many low-temperature processes leverage nitrogen's cooling and freezing capabilities. Find out what methods are used in what...

Successful Delegation in Six Steps

September 21, 2010
The rewards of a successful delegation effort are three-fold: 1) More and/or more advanced tasks are accomplished by the employee; 2) Employee satisfaction increases as they...

November 2014 CEP Preview

November 14, 2014
Back to Basics: Introduction to Fluidization Fluidized beds offer excellent heat transfer, and have the unique ability to move a wide range of solid particles in a fluid-like...

February 2016 CEP Preview

February 18, 2016
SAFETY Predict Incidents with Process Safety Performance Indicators Become a seer of process safety incidents with carefully chosen process safety performance indicators (PSPIs)...

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...

May 2015 CEP Preview

May 11, 2015
Energy The Four Pillars of Industrial Energy Efficiency Enhance your facility’s energy efficiency through operational improvements, effective maintenance, engineered improvements...

Excelling with Excel #4 – Indirect References

July 28, 2010
Hi guys. It's Greg the orange cat again with a (very short) Microsoft Excel tip. Tip#4: Indirect References Much of Excel's usefulness comes from an ability to reference cells in...

Looking Back: Oil Exploration Before Big Data

April 11, 2013
Watch as George Laguros, Geophysicist for the Marathon Oil Corporation in Houston, Texas, talks about analyzing seismic data in the present and reminisces about the days of...

January 2016 CEP Preview

January 15, 2016
BUSINESS Navigating Oil Price Volatility After several years of stability, oil prices plummeted to record lows in mid-2014. This, along with increased natural gas production in...
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