2013

Successful Sulfur Unit Startups

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
As the environmental importance of Sulfur Recovery Units increases, so too does the importance of smooth and successful SRU startups. This paper will...

Fundamentals of Model Based Loop Tuning

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
There are many methods to tune PID controllers. This presentation provides a tutorial on tuning PID process controllers using Internal Model Control...

Process Safety: At the Heart of Operations

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Process Safety is no longer a supporting function but core business in any organization that operates high risk facilities. To ensure a safe and...

Removal of Heavy Hydrocarbons from Lean Natural Gas

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Removal of heavy hydrocarbons, such as C 6 + from natural gas is essential prior to cryogenic liquefaction in order to prevent freeze-out of these...

Unique Failure Mode for API Seal Plan 76

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Unique Failure Mode for API Seal Plan 76 Double mechanical seals with a pressure alarm in the containment chamber are commonly used in LPG and other...

Importance of Field Testing Liquid Distributors

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Spray nozzles & gravity distributors are primarily used in different Oil refinery facilities (columns, scrubbers, etc.). Installers and...

How to Create A Safety Culture

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Safety cultures to not spontaneously occur. Safety cultures are nourished by operating managers who set high standards and who foster trust and...

Ethylene: Past, Present and Future

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Martin will offer some thoughts on developments in the Ethylene industry over the past 25 years that the Ethylene Producers has been meeting. He will...

Current Myths about LNG

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
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...

Safety Culture the Foundation of Sustainability

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Overview A safe operating environment is cornerstone to any companies operations and working environment. By understanding a company’s goals and...

Is Your Operation Prepared for Economic Recovery?

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Proposed Title ” Is Your Operation prepared for Economic Recovery?” The world economy has been depressed for several years. During that time, changes...

NFPA 68 New Gas Venting Equations

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
The 2013 edition of NFPA 68 Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting will replace vent area sizing equations containing the gas...

Where Process Safety Must Move

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Description: Process safety has long embodied the adage, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”...

Near Misses - Private or Public Concern?

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Near miss incidents include those releases and/or fires that do not result in significant employee injury or costs. In many cases there are federal...

Process Safety: From Concept to Commissioning

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Process Safety: From Concept to Commissioning Process safety is an essential component in all phases of project design, from initial research and...

Enterprise PSM Development, Implementation, and Auditing

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Process safety management system auditing is evolving into a more business critical function and is receiving far more attention than previously as...

9th GCPS Opening Plenary Speech

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2013
Welcome to San Antonio, to the 2013 Spring AIChE Meeting, and to the 9 th Global Congress on Process Safety.

CEP: News Update

October
2013
News Update
Crunching the Numbers on Grid-Scale Storage; Microbes Convert Waste into Electricity; Solar Cells Make the Right Connection; Engineered Tissue Mingles with Blood Vessels; and more.

CEP: What's New

December
2013
What's New
Read about new products and services in the areas of instrumentation, operations and maintenance, fluids and solids handling, and environmental, health and safety.

Protect Your Process with the Proper Flame Arresters

December
2013
Safety
Michael Davies, Thomas Heidermann
A flame arrester may be installed to keep an external flame out of a tank or vessel or to ensure that a flame burning within a pipeline does not propagate to other equipment. Use the information presented here to determine what type of device is appropriate for your application.

CEP: Calendars

December
2013
Calendars
AIChE Meetings Calendar, Webinars, and AIChE Education Calendar.

CEP: Process Automation Corner - Real-Time Analytics for Pharmaceutical Quality Control

December
2013
Process Automation Corner
Terry McMahon
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the leadership of Ajaz Hussain, then the Associate Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), launched the Process Analytical Technology (PAT) Initiative a decade ago, it set in motion a multifaceted search for a more scientifically based approach to pharmaceutical manufacturing and quality assurance. Hussain’s call for more PAT in the industry’s manufacturing operations was really more of a challenge to current practices than a proscriptive program. The pharmaceutical industry has responded with a renewed emphasis on understanding the scientific basis of its processes, and toward that end has made significant investments in personnel and tools.

CEP: News Update

December
2013
News Update
Made-to-Order Materials Move Forward; 3D Photonic Crystal Stands Up to the Heat; Battery Electrode Acquires Self-Healing Power; GHG Emissions Decline as Power Plants Switch to Natural Gas; and more.

CEP: Editorial - Lightbulbs in the Shower

December
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Metaphoric lightbulbs, that is — ideas. Many of my best ideas have come to me in the shower. So, I did some reading about creativity that shed a bit of “light” on why this is the case

Special Section: Energy (Full 32-Page Supplement)

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

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Hazards of Strong Oxidizers

December
2013
Process Safety Beacon
A worker was asked to move two open-top 5-gal pails containing aqueous sodium permanganate solution from one location to another. When he picked up the pails, the contents of one of them erupted, spraying him with the solution. Sodium permanganate is a strong oxidizer, and the splashed material set the worker’s clothing on fire. His injuries required hospital treatment.

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.

Switzerland: The Success of Its Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Industries

December
2013
Global Outlook
Konrad Hungerbühler, Marcel Sennhauser, Stavros Papadokonstantakis
The strong international presence of Switzerland’s chemicals industries — characterized by a major export market and substantial investment in its companies abroad — has helped to make the Swiss chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries among the world’s most successful.

CEP: Institute News

December
2013
Institute News
Annual Meeting Wrap-Up, President’s Corner: To Shape the Future We Want, AIChE Foundation Honors Stuart Churchill, AIChE Foundation Heralds ChE’s “Promise” in New Film, and more.

Special Section: Energy - Lithium-Ion Batteries: The Basics

October
2013
Special Section
Robert Spotnitz
Batteries come in a variety of chemistries and designs. Using fundamental principles, the theoretical performance of these electrochemical cells can be determined, enabling you to engineer the optimal device.

CEP: Career Corner - Don’t Stop Learning

December
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
When was the last time you learned something new for your job? A generation ago, chemical engineers could expect to settle into a well-defined position at one company and remain there for an entire career. Today, things could not be more different. Many engineers change jobs at least once, or take on additional responsibilities that require new knowledge and skills.

Optimize Energy Use in Industrial Cooling Systems

November
2013
Heat Transfer
Michael B. Muller, Michael R. Muller, Prakash Rao
Potential energy savings for chilled-water cooling systems are often overlooked. A detailed review of the cooling system along with the appropriate temperature and flowrate measurements will help you identify ways to cash in on these savings.

CEP: What's New

November
2013
What's New
Read about new products on display at the 2013 Chem Show, December 10-12, New York City.

Consider Single-Use Equipment for Biomanufacturing

November
2013
Fluids and Solids Handling
Roman Rodriguez
Traditional stainless steel equipment is increasingly being replaced with disposable units in new and existing processes alike, enabling more flexibility, higher efficiencies, and lower costs. Follow the guidance offered here to determine the most-effective single-use approach for your facility.
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