2013

CEP: Institute News

September
2013
Institute News
New Fellows; 65th Institute Lecturer; WISE Interns; Foundation News; and more

CEP: What's New

September
2013
What's New
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling; environmental health and safety; and laboratory equipment.

Calculate Financial Indicators to Guide Investments

September
2013
Back To Basics
Andy Fennell, John Anderson
Engineers can become better informed about their work with an increased familiarity of basic financial indicators. Use these insights to help ensure that the projects you work on are those that are most likely to become financial successes.

Linking SPYRO Rigorous Stream Cracking Model

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 2, 2013
Furnace simulations are currently used in all layers of process control from planning and scheduling down to the APC layer. However in the DCS...

Preventing Process Safety Problems of Tomorrow, Today!

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
The most cost effective time for implementing process safety design elements is during the planning stages of the project management process. Gap:...

Use Process Mapping to Improve Quality

August
2013
Management
Charlie Moore, Tony Cooper
Process mapping integrates science, engineering, and process knowledge with data and statistics to reveal opportunities for process improvement.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Can a Water Pump Explode?

August
2013
Process Safety Beacon
The answer must be yes, or we would not have a Beacon on this subject. The centrifugal pumps in the pictures are all water pumps that exploded. The explosions did not occur because of any contamination or chemical reaction with something that was...

CEP: News Update

August
2013
News Update
Hot Off the Press: The World’s First 3D-Printed Battery; Nonmetal Compound Catalyzes CO2-to-Methanol Reaction; Iron Catalyst Gives Hydrogenation a Green Makeover; and more

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - Needed: ChEs to Solve Global Challenges

August
2013
Journal Highlight
Chemical engineers and sound engineering principles have been absent from the discussions of global challenges — energy, climate change, food, and water — for too long, assert Bill Banholzer and Mark Jones of Dow Chemical in their August AIChE Journal Perspective article, “Chemical Engineers Must Focus on Practical Solutions.” Society has thus confused what is possible with what is practical, particularly when it comes to energy, where new discoveries are greeted with over-excitement and the hope that each will provide the means to supply reliable, cheap, and almost-limitless energy, the authors say. They cite the hydrogen economy, cellulosic ethanol, and fuel cells as examples of technologies that have promised much but delivered little

CEP: Editorial - Are Leaders Born or Made?

August
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Countless books and articles have been written about leadership — on such topics as the differences between managing and leading, what makes a good leader, and how to become a better leader, among others. One frequent topic: Are leaders born or made? The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) posed this question to C-level executives of companies in 53 countries ( www.ccl.org/leadership/pdf/research/areleadersbornormade.pdf ). Slightly more than half (53.4%) of the top executives think leaders are made, about a fifth (19.1%) think they are born, and a little more than a quarter (28.5%) think leaders are both born and made.

Selecting the Optimal Cooling Tower Fill

August
2013
Heat Transfer
Paul Puckorius
The most important action of an evaporative cooling tower occurs on the heat-transfer surface — called fill — inside the tower. Follow these guidelines to choose the appropriate fill for your application.

CEP: Career Corner - Becoming a Leader

August
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
What do Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products, the late Robert Goizueta, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Coca-Cola, and Andrew Grove, former Chairman and CEO of Intel, have in common? They all started their careers as chemical engineers and later...

CEP: What's New

August
2013
What's New
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling; materials and chemicals; bioprocessing; instrumentation; environmental health and safety; and laboratory equipment.

Understand the Basics of Process Analytical Technology

August
2013
Instrumentation
Joseph Alford
Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies can reap benefits from PAT, which involves identifying critical process parameters (CPPs) that influence key product attributes and controlling these CPPs to improve process efficiency and product consiste

CEP: Institute News

August
2013
Institute News
New Fellows; Ammonia Safety Symposium; AIChE Election in Progress

CEP: News Update

July
2013
News Update
Inkjet-Printed Graphene Rolls Out; UV Treatment Improves Membrane Selectivity; Additive Sweetens the Prospects for Organic Electronics; Protective Coating Connects Electronics and Living Tissue; and more.

CEP: YPOV - Negotiating for Financial Success

May
2013
YPOV
Arjun Gopalratnam
A discussion among graduating seniors and AIChE young professionals at the recent 2013 Southern Regional Student Conference turned to questions about negotiating job offers. The compensation you first receive often dictates your future growth at a...

CEP: YPOV - The Virtual Chemistry Set of the 21st Century

July
2013
YPOV
Arjun Gopalratnam
It is beyond cliché to say that most New Year’s resolutions are forgotten by the second week of January. Similarly, I’ve noticed that spring cleaning rarely has the impact it was intended to have. The best time to work on self-improvement is during...

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - Reduce Water Use in Steam Systems

July
2013
Journal Highlight
Steam systems are the largest consumer of energy in the U.S. manufacturing sector, and are prominent in the chemical process industries (CPI), where steam is critical to several ubiquitous processes, including distillation, stripping, cracking, and...

Hit the Ground Running on Your Next Project

May
2013
Career Catalyst
Glen Rosentrater
Despite the progress made in project management theory, these advances are just starting to make their way into the chemical process industries. Use this step-by-step framework to implement some key best practices.

CEP: Editorial - What Will You Do on Your Summer Vacation?

July
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
What Will You Do on Your Summer Vacation? In this month’s YPOV column (p. 20), Arjun Gopalratnam points out that the summertime is a great time for self-improvement, and he urges us to expand, in particular, our computer programming experience. He...

Use Hydrogen Safely

July
2013
Safety
David Farese, Svetlana Ivanova
Understand the potential dangers associated with handling and storing hydrogen, and take the appropriate precautions to mitigate the risks.

CEP: Institute News

July
2013
Institute News
2013 AIChE Election; Candidate Platforms; 2012 AIChE Financial Statement; Member News

Process Burners 101

August
2013
Back To Basics
Charles Baukal, Erwin Platvoet
Process burners may be classified based on flame shape, emissions, fuel type, and other characteristics. Here’s what you need to know to work effectively with a burner manufacturer when selecting a burner for your application.

Characterize Reactive Chemicals with Calorimetry

July
2013
Safety
Daniel Crowl, Jason Keith
In designing and operating chemical manufacturing processes, the reactivity of chemicals must be identified to avoid hazards. Calorimetry experiments combined with analytical methods provide a straightforward technique to identify these reactions...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Remembering Piper Alpha

July
2013
Process Safety Beacon
This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha offshore oil platform disaster in the North Sea approximately 110 miles (180 km) from Aberdeen, Scotland. On July 6, 1988, a series of catastrophic explosions and fires destroyed the platform...

Evaluating Centrifugal Compressor Performance

July
2013
Fluids and Solids Handling
AIChE’s Equipment Testing Procedures Committee; Centrifugal Compressor Procedure Subcommittee
Follow these practical tips to determine the condition of your centrifugal compressors.

CEP: What's New

July
2013
What's New
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling; materials and chemicals; bioprocessing; and laboratory equipment.

CSB Investigation of Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
On August 6, 2012 a hydrocarbon fire occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the crude unit of the Chevron Richmond Refinery in Richmond, California...

Furnace Burner Management Practices within Nova Canada

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Furnace Burner Management Practices within Nova Canada The focus of this paper will be on the cracking heaters at the NOVA Chemicals Corunna site,...

Composite Fuels Production for Combustion

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
ABSTRACT Goal of the Project The primary goal of the project is the creation of composite fuels for combustion processes containing biomass, coal,...

Lessons Learned From Fire in Air Supply Ducts

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
ABSTRACT Submitted for consideration to the 47 th LPS on Oct 31, 2012 Title: Lessons Learned from Fire in Air Supply Ducts Primary author: Al Waller...

LNG Technology Development at Air Products

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
This presentation will trace the beginning of MCR (mixed components refrigerant) and use of Coil Wound Heat Exchanger, from helium recovery to the...
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