Chemical Engineering Practice

Shale Gas Brightens Outlook for U.S. Chemicals

January
2013
Chem Economics
Martha Gilchrist Moore, T. Kevin Swift
The chemical industry will experience moderate annual growth over the next few years — ranging between 2.2% and 4.6% through 2017. The higher growth rate accounts for new investments announced in response to the abundant supply of shale-based...

Optimizing an Organic Rankine Cycle

January
2013
Heat Transfer
Alan Winstead, Ali Bourji, P.E.
An organic Rankine cycle (ORC) system can be a cost-effective way to convert waste heat to electricity. The key is finding the best ratio of net power recovery to capital cost.

Implement an Effective Loop Tuning Strategy

January
2013
Back To Basics
Norman Ito, Timothy Olsen
Use these loop tuning guidelines to improve process control and enhance product uniformity Many undergraduate chemical engineering programs teach the Ziegler-Nichols tuning methods, developed by John G. Ziegler and Nathaniel B. Nichols in the 1940s...

Safety in the LNG Value Chain

Dec 12, 2012
In this webinar, presenters describe and examine potential LNG (liquefied natural gas) hazards and risk-reduction methods for the LNG value chain ―...

Turnaround Excellence - Key Success Factors

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Turnaround Excellence is more than a state of being… it is a journey. Achieving and sustaining excellence is wholly dependent on a site approach of...

Hydrocarbons Turnarounds EHS Readiness

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
The Dow Hydrocarbons Business has a thorough process for managing excellent EHS performance during Turnarounds. We name an EHS Focal Point for each...

Panel Discussion on Turnaround Excellence

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
A panel of industry experts will discuss topics of interest to Ethylene Producers with respect to turnaround excellence. Topics will be solicited...

Design Challenges in Tankage Modernization

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
In order to comply with regulation requirements, a refinery needs to perform major revamps to produce different grades of Diesel, namely ULSD, Off-...

Strategic Chemistry

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Optimizing the clearing and cleaning of process units during turnarounds. Primary discussion involves the three key areas related to an effective,...

Analysis of Turnarounds in Olefin Plants: A 16-Year View

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Comparative Performance Analysis™ (CPA™) benchmarking studies of the olefin industry have been conducted by HSB Solomon Associates LLC (Solomon)...

Use Guided-Wave Radar to Measure Water Level in Steam Loops

December
2012
Back To Basics
Keith Riley , Ravi Jethra
Guided-wave radar (GWR) is a useful tool for measuring water level in steam loops. This article describes GWR design and operation, and how this technology differs from more traditional forms of level indication.

Reshaping Process Safety Regulations

March
2002
Safety
Walter L. Frank
Changes to OSHA's PSM rule and EPA's RMP programs are underway, due to pressures from various groups and the need for greater security.

Engineering Complex Phenotypes in Industrial Strains

November, 2012
This book explains current trends and developments in engineering biocatalysts for the production of bulk chemical and biofuels from renewable biomass. The authors guide readers through the engineering of the complex traits and phenotypes needed for particular biocatalysts and bioprocesses.

Mechanical Reliability

Virtual Local Section Webinar
Oct 27, 2011
Dave is a reliability and maintenance leader with over 30 years of chemical and process industry experience. His keynote address is on Mechanical...

Introduction to Fluidized Bed Technology

AIChE Webinar
Apr 13, 2011
This webinar explores the fundamentals of fluidization: how materials fluidize; differences in fluidization characteristics based on size and density...

Best Practices for Heat Tracing Pilot Plants

November
2012
Heat Transfer
Richard P. Palluzi, P.E.
Heat tracing a pilot plant is a difficult task, but with proper design and careful installation, the tracing system can operate safely and effectively.

Be Smart about Column Design

November
2012
Reactions and Separations
Daniel R. Summers, P.E., Mark Pilling, P.E.
Optimizing distillation equipment and processes can improve both the profitability and the greenness of an operation.

Cut Agitator Power Costs

November
2012
Back To Basics
Gregory T. Benz, P.E.
Agitator power consumption can be minimized by judicious equipment selection and careful operating procedures. Follow these guidelines to reduce your plant’s energy costs. In some cases, it may be as simple as flipping a switch.

CEP: Chem Economics - Post-9/11 Chemical Security Spending

November
2012
Chem Economics
Martha Gilchrist Moore
The terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, changed the world and forever altered the way American chemistry conducts business. While improving facility security is not a new endeavor for chemical companies, the industry has increased...

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...

Solid-Liquid Separation: A Guide to Centrifuge Selection

July
2012
Back To Basics
Tom Patnaik
Centrifugation is a necessary step in many pharmaceutical and chemical production processes. These guidelines will help chemical engineers better understand the process of centrifuge selection.

Using Process Flowsheets as Communication Tools

October
2012
Back To Basics
Graham Nasby
Piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs), process flow diagrams (PFDs), and block flow diagrams (BFDs) are essential tools for documenting processes and promoting interdisciplinary understanding and communication.

Harnessing the Power of Virtual Reality

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

CEP: Chem Economics - Manufacturing Renaissance Takes Hold in the U.S.

October
2012
Chem Economics
T. Kevin Swift
Many living in the Rust Belt — the northeastern region of the U.S. that experienced significant de-industrialization during the 1970s through the 2000s — got an up-close look at the decline in manufacturing in the U.S. In the wake of the Great...

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - A New Spin on Separations

September
2012
Journal Highlight
The microelectronics industry has been revolutionized by technologies that boast ever-increasing capabilities in increasingly smaller areas. Now, the ability to pack high functionality into smaller devices is poised to transform the chemical process...

Chem Economics: ACC Releases Portfolio of Specialty Chemicals Indexes

September
2012
Chem Economics
T. Kevin Swift
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has launched a new set of indexes covering nearly 30 segments of the U.S. specialty chemicals market. (The first, which dealt with plastic additives, was discussed in the July issue, p. 13.) This is the first set...

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.

Modeling of LNG Spills Into Trenches and Troughs

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 5, 2012
Trenches and troughs are commonly used in LNG storage and transfer facilities to contain potential LNG spills. The trenches are concrete-lined...

Galvanic Corrosion Between Dissimilar Metals

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 5, 2012
A Dow USGC cracker suffered a tube failure on a cracked gas compressor inner stage cooler after ten plus years of service. To further extend the...

Furnace Stories

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 5, 2012
The cracking furnace is the heart of the ethylene plant, consuming the most energy, adding the most value and with the potential to cause the most...

Appropriate Placement of Compressors and Expanders

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
The term “Appropriate Placement” was introduced in Pinch Analysis during the 1980s to indicate how special unit operations should be correctly...

Capital Cost Targeting of Total Site Heat Recovery

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Heat recovery on Total Site level can provide a considerably high potential for energy saving. It offers additional degrees of freedom for heat...

Hydroprocessing Design - Tutorial

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Hydroprocessing or hydrotreating is the key technology to clean, to refine, and to convert crude oils into valuable products, such as gasoline and...

Design Considerations for Diesel Hydrotreaters

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
In 2006, the United States EPA mandated the use of 15 ppmw ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) for on-road diesel fuel. At that time several refiners...

Hydrocracking - An Overview

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
The paper will present an overview of the Hydrocracking process as applied in the refineries today. It will cover Mild Hydrocracking, Partial...

Simple Opportunities for Improving Energy Efficiency

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
Energy efficiency has become an important theme in the process industries, and many companies have implemented sophisticated strategies to improve...
Subscribe to Chemical Engineering Practice