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2013

Risk Assessment Challenges 20:20

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 1:30pm-4:30pm
A wide variety of hazard identification and risk assessment techniques are available. All techniques require knowledge in the fundamentals of the...

Column Revamps

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 1:30pm-4:30pm
Distillation and absorption columns sometimes need to be revamped to achieve capacity increases, separation improvements or energy consumption...

CSB Investigation of Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
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...

Effect of Process Conditions On Film Temperature in Fired Heaters

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Variation in process conditions in fired heaters arise due to multiple circumstances, of these, percentage of excess air, throughput and inlet...

Furnace Burner Management Practices within U.S. Ethylene Producers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Furnace Burner Management Practices within U.S. Ethylene Producers A summary of the current working practices and approaches to hazardous event...

Proesa Technology: The Platform to Enable Biomass Based Industry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Mankind is still strongly dependent on fossil fuels. As developing economies continue to grow, concerns are increasing about climate change and the...

Process Safety in Power Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 10:45am-11:15am
Process Safety is a very common and used topic in the chemical industry. According to CCPS, an incident is reported as a process safety incident if...

Using near Misses to Improve Risk Management Decisions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 10:15am-10:45am
In the process safety literature it is often claimed that the analysis of near-miss incidents can improve process safety performance. However,...

Overview of Boiler Water Treatment and Associated Wastes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 10:00am-10:30am
Overview of Boiler Water Treatment and Associated Wastes Boiler water treatment consists of steps to remove contaminants that will corrode or cause...

MAPD Stability and Management in Ethylene Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 8:30am-8:45am
Abstract MAPD Stability and Management in Ethylene Plants Accumulation of C3 (MAPD, Methyl Acetylene & Propadiene) and C4 (VA, Vinyl Acetylene)...

The Identification of Butadiene Popcorn Polymer

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
The formation of butadiene polymer is a common problem in butadiene extraction units, as well as ethylene plant purification columns processing high...

Conduct of Operations Best Practice Networks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Conduct of Operations Best Practice Networks Marco Vela Corporate Process Safety Engineer Celanese 1601 West LBJ Freeway Dallas, TX 75234 (214) 417-...

Some Lessons Learned When Communicating with Neighboring Communities

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
This paper combines 35 years of direct plant managerial experience on processes handling hazardous materials and energies with a subsequent decade of...

Process Safety: Uniandes Vision From the Latin-American Context

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Process Safety: Uniandes vision from the Latin-American context J. Cadena 1 , G. Gómez 2 , F. Munoz 3 Chemical Engineering Department, Universidad de...

Safety Controls, Alarms, and Interlocks As IPLs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:15am-11:45am
Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) involves the analysis of the sequence of events leading to an identified scenario. This analysis yields an...

Management Discipline: Defining a Process Safety Strategy

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:15am-11:45am
Management Discipline: Defining a Process Safety Strategy Jerry J. Forest - Global Process Safety Manager, Celanese jerry.forest@celanese.com...

Identifying Root Causes in Auditing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 10:15am-10:45am
AIChE 9th Global Congress on Process Safety April 28-May 1, 2013 San Antonio, TX Call for Papers Title: Identifying Root Causes in Auditing Authors:...

A Guide to the Legal Framework of the PSM Standard for Engineers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 9:00am-9:30am
A Guide to the Legal Framework of the Process Safety Management Standard for Engineers By Christopher J. Cunio, Esq. and Georges A. Melhem, Ph.D. The...

Troubleshooting a Furnace Emissions Problem

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:45am-9:15am
We had been fighting CO flue gas emissions on our CEMS analyzer for around a year, we had indications that it was a burner problem, fixed the burners...

Improving Fired Heaters Using CFD

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:30am-9:00am
We have successfully used CFD( Computational Fluid Dynamics) to improve the performance of a Crude and Coker Heater. CFD helps to model the burners,...

Process Safety - A Value Not Just a Priority

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:30am-9:00am
Process Safety in any Organisation will only be efficient when its Safety culture allows. If Process Safety Management (PSM) efforts are subjected to...

The Design and Revamp of Cooling Water Networks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:00am-9:00am
Cooling Water Networks G.T.Polley , M.Picon Nunez & E.Tamakloe Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Guanajuato, Mexico In Reality:...

So We All Have Been Implementing Process Safety Metrics What Next?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Industry over the last two to three years has put a lot of effort into implementing Process Safety Metrics. This is a good practice but, now that we...

Process Safety Leading Indicators A Perspective From Europe

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
For several years organisations involved in high hazards operations have reported their process safety performance in terms of lagging indicators or...

Fundamentals of Model Based Loop Tuning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
There are many methods to tune PID controllers. This presentation provides a tutorial on tuning PID process controllers using Internal Model Control...

Greenhouse Gas Permitting At the BASF-Total Petrochemicals Cracker

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
The permitting of greenhouse gasses (GHG) is new to industry, the States, and to the Environmental Protection Agency. The process is further...

NFPA 68 New Gas Venting Equations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
The 2013 edition of NFPA 68 Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting will replace vent area sizing equations containing the gas...

A Unified PID Control Methodology to Meet Plant Objectives

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:30pm
Plant objectives for basic and advanced regulatory control can be quite diverse. PID control plays an important role in maximizing safety,...

Current Myths about LNG

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Since the startup of the first baseload LNG plant (Camel) in 1964, there have been several generations of LNG plant designs. Each generation can be...

Characteristics of Companies with Great Process Safety Performance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 11:00am-11:30am
CCPS’s Vision 2020 describes the characteristics of companies with great process safety performance in the future. This work is extremely important...

Enterprise PSM Development, Implementation, and Auditing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 10:30am-11:00am
Process safety management system auditing is evolving into a more business critical function and is receiving far more attention than previously as...

Delivering Innovative Solutions for an Energy Future

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 8:00am-9:15pm
Aamir Farid delivers a keynote address at the 2013 AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress for Process Safety.

CEP: YPOV - A Grad Student’s Right Decision

November
2013
YPOV
Chris Lowe
About two years ago, I was faced with a decision. I was a few weeks away from graduating with my bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering when I received an email from a friend. He was recruiting graduating students to act as liaisons between AIChE...

Improve Process Safety with Near-Miss Analysis

May
2013
On The Horizon
Ulku Oktem, Ankur Pariyani, Dr. Warren Seider, Masoud Soroush
Valuable information about unsafe conditions resides in the large alarm databases of distributed control systems and emergency shutdown systems. This overlooked and underutilized information can be analyzed to identify process near-misses and determine the probability of serious accidents.

Special Section: Energy (Full 32-Page Supplement)

October
2013
Special Section
Michelle Bryner, Gerry M. Clarke, Andrew N. Jansen, Avani Patel, Robert Spotnitz
Lithium-Ion Batteries: The Basics; Raw Material Considerations; Component Materials; Endless Uses

SBE Update: Drug Delivery and Chemical/Biological Engineering

March
2013
SBE Special Section
June Wispelwey
Although you might not associate drug delivery with chemical engineering, the principles of chemical engineering — such as mass and energy balances, transport phenomena, reaction kinetics, and particle technology — are intimately involved in drug...

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...

CEP: YPOV - What Is a Chemical Engineer Doing Here?

September
2013
YPOV
Elizabeth Guenther
In 2011, I took a position with Mack Trucks, Inc., a manufacturer of American-assembled Class 8 heavy trucks with more than 100 years of history. Since then, I wish I had a dollar for every time I was asked the question “What is a chemical engineer...

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: Editorial - ChE Salaries Rebound, But Gaps Remain

June
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Two years ago, AIChE’s biennial salary survey found that chemical engineers’ salaries had stagnated and raises were the lowest they had been in two decades. Fortunately, the situation appears to have turned around somewhat. The 2013 salary survey (...

Follow this Process Development Path

December
2013
Reactions and Separations
Paul Szabo
Bench-scale engineering (BSE) and the interdisciplinary no-transfer team (INTT) are valuable complements to the scale-down-before-scale-up method of process development.

CEP: Career Corner - Managing Your Career Transition

February
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
Sooner or later during our professional careers, most of us will change jobs, get promoted, move into a different line of work, or even get laid off. My experience is a good example. I moved from an entry-level R&D engineer to a commercial...

CEP: Editorial - Don’t Miss Important Warning Signs

May
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Process safety is on my mind for several reasons, including the recent explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant and this month’s On the Horizon article, “Improve Process Safety with Near-Miss Analysis,” by Ulku Oktem, Warren Seider, Masoud Soroush, and...

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.

CEP: Editorial - A New Global Home for ChEs

September
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
The moving vans are gone, and we on the AIChE staff are quickly settling in to our new home at 120 Wall St., a special Association Center that offers lower rents for nonprofit organizations like us. While we think of this as our new work-home, more...

CEP: Editorial - Plunging into a Time Warp

January
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
When reporting on events, writers and editors always need to be mindful of when the reader will receive the publication. This is especially critical for a monthly magazine like CEP. An event that is considered breaking news when we experience it or...

Apply Quantitative Gamma Scanning to High-Capacity Trays

April
2013
Reactions and Separations
Henry Z. Kister
Push valves, multiple downcomers, and truncated downcomers boost tray capacities, but they also present troubleshooting challenges. Use quantitative gamma-scan analysis to measure froth heights, froth densities, and blowby in order to solve...

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.

Denmark’s Chemicals Industry: Progress and Challenges

February
2013
Global Outlook
Kim Dam-Johansen, Rafiqul Gani, Gurkan Sin
Denmark’s chemicals industry is characterized by a variety of innovative companies, especially in the life sciences. To remain competitive, these companies must continue to invest in innovation, and the country’s universities must fill a growing need for highly educated engineering professionals.

Characterize Reactive Chemicals with Calorimetry

July
2013
Safety
Dr. Daniel A. 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...

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