Basic Emergency Relief System Design - October-2018

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Preparing to use DIERS technology in your emergency relief system design - but not sure where to start? Attend this instructor-led, 3-day course for an introduction to pressure relief safety design with Design Institute Relief Systems (DIERS) technology. This course is a first course in pressure safety relief design and a prerequisite to the advanced AIChE course (CH173) also presented by DIERS. Together the two DIERS courses form the basis of a solid fundamental understanding of pressure safety relief design.

This introduction includes coverage of DIERS liquid vapor disengagement technology, two phase vapor liquid flow through relief systems and techniques for reactive relief design. From state-of-the-art venting and flow technology to relief system piping, you’ll gain information that will be invaluable, whether you operate, design or manage chemical processes that require emergency overpressure relief devices.

Expect three, fast-moving days of learning enriched by course instruction, video presentations, example problems and homework. Attendees are required to bring a laptop to this course.

This course will be taught by two of the instructors listed below:


Todd Brandes

Todd Brandes is a Chemical Engineering Principal Consultant in the Engineering Technology group of The Chemours Company. He has over 25 years’ experience in process development, evaluation, design, simulation, and controls, which has included work on a wide range of specialty chemical commercial products such as alkylated phenols, flame retardants, organometallic catalysts, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and fluoroorganics.

For most of his career, Todd has been involved in all the aspects of the design of pressure relief systems: scenario identification and modeling...Read more

Robert D'Alessandro

Robert D’Alessandro has over 35 years of experience in chemical engineering as department manager, project manager, process engineer, and technology specialist. This experience includes process development, process improvement, process troubleshooting, process debottlenecking, process hazard analyses, process design during the conceptual, basic, and detailed engineering phases of capital projects, and process plant startups. Employments include large and small CPI corporations in operating companies, process technology companies and engineering & construction companies.

He...Read more

Rahul Raman

Rahul Raman is a PSM consultant and provides PSM consulting services to the oil and Gas, Pharmaceutical, and Petrochemical Industry. He provides technical stewardship, and works as an embedded subject matter expert for pressure relief system. He has extensive experience in PSI audit, changes to relief system due to management of change, re-validation of process units, and two-phase flow analysis. In addition, he is an instructor for an awareness course on Emergency Relief System, specifically for engineers and managers. He has actively participated and contributed in Design Institute...Read more

Dan Smith

Dan Smith is a Sr. R&D Advisor with Albemarle Corporation, and Manager of Albemarle’s Chemical Reactivity and Engineering Fundamentals group. He has extensive experience in process development, process design, process simulation and process evaluation, which has included work on Albemarle commercial products such as alpha olefins, linear alcohols, flame retardents, and organometallic catalysts. For 20 years he has consulted on pressure relief and related process safety issues. Dan trains engineers at Albemarle Corporation on pressure relief...Read more


Chicago, IL 60606
United States

August 17-19, 2020

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United States

September 21-23, 2020


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AIChE Members $1,895.00
AIChE Grad Student Members $947.50
AIChE Undergrad Student Members $947.50
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