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.

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 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 ) Conference...

Process Control Considerations in Process Design

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 2:00pm-3:00pm
What does a process design engineer need to know about process control? Here’s a quick introduction to what you need to know to be able to complete a...

Hydroprocessing for Clean Energy: Design, Operation, and Optimization

January, 2017
This book provides a holistic approach that looks at changing process conditions, possible process design changes, and process technology upgrades. It includes process integration techniques for improving process designs and for applying optimization techniques for improved operations, with a focus...

Excelling with Excel #2 – Pivot Tables

July 8, 2010
When I say "pivot table", what comes to mind? For me, I think of cardboard boxes. However, if you're like most humans, you're probably drawing a blank right now. This is...

Video Tutorial: Feedforward Control, part 2

January 20, 2017
This video tutorial from the LearnChemE YouTube series features an example of a dynamic feedforward control. Specifically, this is a feedback-feedforward control scheme that is...

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...

Excel Tips for Chemical Engineers in 2017

December 23, 2016
Over the last few years, one of our most popular series has been Excelling With Excel , which takes a look at some incredibly useful Excel tips for chemical engineers. Given the...

Use Downcomer Gamma Scans to Troubleshoot Your Process

January
2017
Reactions and Separations
Henry Z. Kister, Chuck Winfield
Downcomer scanning can provide valuable information to diagnose your tower. In particular, these scans are useful for determining the mechanism of flooding — one of the most common problems encountered in distillation columns. Follow these guidelines to avoid pitfalls.

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...

January 2017 CEP Preview

January 9, 2017
This month CEP looks at troubleshooting, offers a feature on process safety management don'ts (read full text online), looks at air-cooled heat exchanger performance, and much...

Catalyzing Commercialization: Sour Gas Has a Sweeter Future

January
2017
Catalyzing Commercialization
Many distributed natural-gas-containing resources, which include natural gas, landfill gas, and biogas, contain significant amounts of sulfur (mainly as hydrogen sulfide). The sulfur content in these gases, which can range from several hundred parts per million to several percent, must be reduced to acceptable levels (e.g., 1 ppm for demanding catalytic processes and several hundred ppm for internal combustion engines or boilers) before these gases can be utilized.

New Products: January 2017

January
2017
New Products
Environmental, Health, and Safety Adsorbent Makes Use of Glass Waste The Green Glass Adsorbent Technology is made of recycled LCD-panel glass. This unique material adsorbs heavy metal ions from industrial wastewater, and then desorbs the ions so...

Distillation Trays as Mechanical Equipment

Archived Webinar
Dec 14, 2016
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...

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,...

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,...

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.

Video Tutorial: Intro to PID Controllers

December 29, 2016
One of the very latest screencasts from LearnChemE discusses the PID family of controllers, what they do, and how they work. The tutorial covers P-only, I-only, PI, D-only and PID...

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...

Novel Nanotechnique Traps Harmful Emissions

December 19, 2016
Researchers at the University of Texas Dallas have developed a new way of capturing potentially harmful gasses in a metal-organic framework , or MOFs. MOFs are composed of metal-...

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...

Graphene Detects Brain Cancer Cells

December 20, 2016
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have used graphene to identify a single hyperactive cancerous brain cell, according to a report published this week. The...

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 (...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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 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 )

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...

Video Tutorial: Reactor Symbols

July 15, 2014
If you can't tell the symbol for a packed bed reactor from a plug flow reactor, brush up on reactor symbols here.

The SBE Web-Lab Initiative

October 25, 2010
Imagine the traditional laboratory setting in an undergraduate engineering class. Now imagine the ability to remotely operate and manipulate lab equipment housed miles away in a...

Free Catalyst App Ready to Download

January 27, 2012
Physicist Jens Hummelsh?j, pictured with his iPhone, working with fellow researchers at the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis , at Stanford, and has developed an...
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