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)...

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-...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Consider Recycled Water for Your Cooling Tower Makeup

February
2013
Heat Transfer
Paul Puckorius
Many types of “used” water may be appropriate as cooling tower makeup. Here’s how to determine which waters are suitable and cost-effective for the equipment in your cooling system.

CEP: Editorial - Batteries — Can’t Live without Them …

October
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
And living with them isn’t always easy, either. Two experiences drove the latter point home to me recently. As we were working on this issue with its special section on lithium-ion batteries, both of my laptop’s batteries — the main battery that...

CEP Editorial: Help Grow AIChE’s Apprentice Program

April
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
If you are a young professional under the age of 35 and are willing to assume a leadership role in AIChE (on a project of your choice), the AIChE Foundation, through its Young Professionals Apprentice program ( CEP, Sept. 2012, p. 72), will...

Bioactive Devices: Uniting Form with Function

March
2013
SBE Special Section
Sujata Bhatia
Bioactive implants that combine a medical device with one or more biologic therapeutic agents show promise for the targeted treatment of complex medical conditions. Implantable medical devices, such as stents, grafts, and joint replacements, are...

Minimize Electrostatic Hazards During Process Operations

June
2013
Safety
Vahid Ebadat, Ph.D.
Understand the electrostatic hazards of your process so you can limit the accumulation of charge and prevent static discharge in flammable atmospheres. Select the appropriate combination of electrostatic mitigation measures to ensure safety from electrostatic ignition hazards.

CEP: Career Corner - Transitioning to Management

June
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
One of the proudest moments of my early career was when I received a promotion from senior engineer to first-line manager. It took about a week for the elation to wear off, as I began to realize how much responsibility I had for producing results...

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...

Select Appropriate Chemical Protective Clothing

September
2013
Safety
Michael Ziskin
From gloves, goggles, and safety shoes, to total encapsulating ensembles, protective clothing provides a barrier to chemical exposure. Follow these guidelines to determine the most-effective protection for your work environment and task.

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

Graphene Marches Down a Long Road to Commercialization

April
2013
News Feature
Michelle Bryner
With so much graphene research underway, it can be hard to keep track of the progress, as well as to evaluate the commercial viability of such developments. Here’s a look at what scientists and engineers are doing and saying about graphene.

Assess Hazards with Process Flow Failure Modes Analysis

March
2013
Safety
Rosalynn MacGregor
Process flow failure modes (PFFM) analysis is an intuitive, process-flow-directed way to identify potentially hazardous scenarios. Learn how to apply this technique to your process hazard reviews.

Nigeria: Chemical Engineering—Development, Challenges, and Prospects

June
2013
Global Outlook
John Erinne, Oluwafem Taiwo
Nigeria is a nation endowed with abundant natural resources and engineering talent. Current policy and reforms in the downstream and natural gas sectors are expected to boost Nigeria’s economy and restore growth and vibrancy to its chemical process industries.

Avoid Problems with Units of Measurement

February
2013
Back To Basics
Faruk Civan
Engineers need to clearly understand units, and be able to convert, express, document, and communicate them in correspondence, operating instructions, and publications.

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.

Biology as a Basis for Biochemical Engineering

July
2013
Back To Basics
Sujata Bhatia
Biochemical engineering demonstrates the versatility of the living cell as a miniature reactor. Living cells can be genetically engineered to produce specific proteins, tuned to manufacture novel enzymes, and optimized to guarantee genetic stability and consistent production of desired products.

A Root-Cause Approach to PSM Audits

October
2013
Safety
David Heller, David Kahn
Tracing audit findings back to the management system that allowed the failure to occur is an effective way to uncover deficiencies in an organization’s process safety management system. Follow the guidance provided in this article to apply root-cause-based auditing to your facility.
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