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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...

SBE Update

July
2009
SBE Special Section
June Wispelwey
Improving Biopharmaceutical Development

CEP: News Update

August
2012
News Update
Updates Include: The Natural Gas Debate Continues Smart Material Stays Cool in the Heat Firefly-Semiconductor Hybrid Lights Up Ionic Liquid Improves Hydrogen-Producing Catalyst One-Pot Synthesis Yields Zeolites at Bargain Prices High-Carbon Diet...

Using Automation to Produce Quality Pharmaceuticals

October
2011
Instrumentation
Joseph S. Alford, P.E.
Automation can pay large dividends in the form of reduced process cycle times, lower operational costs, and more-consistent processes for manufacturing high-quality pharmaceutical products.

Oxygen/Combustible Safeguards in Low Nox Fired Heaters

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 22, 2010
Refineries have been installing low NOx equipment on their fired heaters in response to tighter environmental regulation. Low NOx burners minimize...

Environmental Law and Regulation 101

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 21, 2010
This presentation will provide a summary of each of the primary environmental regulatory programs, including air, water, waste and emergency planning...

Nanotechnology: Cause for Concern?

September
2007
News Feature
Kristine Chin
Nanotechnology— it's a small science with big stakes. Some of the unique properties that make nanoscale materials useful may also pose hazards to humans and the environment. Can the EPA find a way to effectively regulate these tiny high-tech...

Nanosensors: Evolution, Not Revolution...Yet

June
2008
News Feature
Suzanne A. Shelley
Promising nanotechnology-enabled sensors, monitoring devices and analytical instruments continue to advance toward commercialization for diverse industrial, environmental, medical and military applications— but hurdles remain.

Predictive Modeling in Catalysis - From Dream to Reality

June
2009
On The Horizon
Ana G. Maldonado
In silicocatalyst optimization is the ultimate application of computers in catalysis. This article provides an overview of the basic concepts of predictive modeling and describes how this technique can be used in catalyst and reaction design.

CEP: Chem Economics - Plastic Additives are Poised for Growth

July
2012
Chem Economics
T. Kevin Swift
Not all polymers are useful and/or processable in their natural form. Thus, functional chemicals are added to polymer resins to facilitate processing and to enhance, extend, or otherwise modify the properties of the plastic products manufactured from polymer resins. Such plastic additives represent a $4.6-billion business in the U.S.

Avoid Pitfalls in Evaluating Catalyst Performance

July
2001
Reactions and Separations
Daniel G. Loffler
Age and life are not suitable parameters to compare catalyst performance. The proper ones are the rate of reaction and the rate of deactivation.

A New Class of Polymer Inhibitors

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 16, 2011
Polymer inhibitors are used within an ethylene plant in locations which are susceptible to aggressive polymer formation i.e. Primary Fractionator,...

Improving Ethylene Charge Gas Compressor Performance

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
The changing landscape of the ethylene industry requiring more feedstock flexibility and upstream and downstream integration increases the complexity...

Trip & Throttle Valve Reliability

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Trip & Throttle Valve Reliability Trip & Throttle (or Stop) valves are used in ethylene plants to isolate the energy to steam turbines when...

Mitigation of Preheat Fouling by Eliminating the Cause

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Today, there is no excuse for not getting five years or more on the run length of refinery preheat exchangers without the need for cleaning. Among...

Ethylene Boil-off Compressor Process Safety Incident

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Braskem, a Brazilian player among petrochemical manufacturers, produces monomers, resins and chemicals specialties. The overall Ethylene capacity is...

Cracked Gas Compressor Control Tutorial

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
The market conditions over the couple of years has prompted many end-users to review antisurge control design to help lower their energy index. A...

Objectives of Anti-Surge Control

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Objectives of Anti-Surge Control Preventing a compressor surge is the primary purpose of an anti-surge controller. However, there are additional...

Thoughts about Safety, Staying at Zero

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Perfect safety records and perfect environmental records are an “inalienable right”, given to us not by governments, companies, or others. It is a...

Flare Minimization Via Dynamic Simulation

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Flaring in chemical process industry (CPI) is an important method to protect equipment and personnel safety during the process upset and the chemical...

Prevention of CUI: “ Roadmap to Managing CUI ”

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 14, 2011
This paper details CUI cases as well as the means for preventing, finding and repairing them. Approaches and procedures for managing CUI are...

Exploitation of Low-Grade Heat In Site Utility Systems

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 14, 2011
The site utility system provides the heating, cooling load along with power production for the processes on the total site. Low-grade heat is...

Novel Additives to Improve Resid Quality

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 14, 2011
With an increasing focus on resid upgrade and bottom of the barrel conversion over the years due to economic advantages, refiners are increasingly...

Industry Standards for Composite Repair Systems

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 14, 2011
ABSTRACT A significant amount of work has transpired over the past several years in generating consensus-based standards that include ASME PCC-2 and...

C5 Metathesis for Increased Propylene Production

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 14, 2011
The production of on-purpose propylene via the metathesis of ethylene and butenes now exceed 6% of the total propylene. The supply of butenes is...

Life Cycle of Aluminum Plate Fin Exchangers

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 14, 2011
Abstract: Corrosion, blockage, fouling, and mechanical/thermal overload are the key degradation mechanisms that operators need to control to avoid...

Sulfur Myths - What We Know and What We Do Not Know

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 13, 2011
The use of organosulfur compounds in steam cracking furnaces to produce ethylene and propylene is a universal practice to essentially prevent carbon...

Fundamentals of Alarm Management

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 13, 2011
When the information era began thirty years ago, the focus for the refinery control specialist was placing as much data as possible into the hands of...
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