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Advanced Emergency Relief System Design

  • Course ID:
    CH173
  • Type:
    Face-to-Face Course
  • Language:
    English
  • Skill Level:
    Advanced
  • Duration:
    3 days
  • CEUs:
    2.25
  • PDHs:
    22.50

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OSHA has recognized Design Institute for Emergency Relief System (DIERS) methods as good engineering practice for process safety management of highly hazardous materials. If you’re responsible for the safe handling of the effluent from relief systems, this advanced course will teach you how to apply the DIERS techniques for providing adequate pressure relief for runaway reactions and other pressure-producing events. If you are just starting out, take the basic course on the topic (CH172).

Applying DIERS Technology in Your Facility

This course covers the Design Institute for Emergency Relief Systems (DIERS) techniques for providing adequate pressure relief for runaway reactions and other pressure-producing events that result in two-phase flow.Each participant receives the texts: Emergency Relief Systems Design Using DIERS Technology (published by AIChE), and Guidelines for Pressure Relief and Effluent Handling Systems (published by CCPS and includes CCflow computer routines).

Instructor(s): 

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

J Wayne Chastain

Professional Biography

Mr. Chastain is an Engineering Associate at the Kingsport, TN site of Eastman Chemical Company. Wayne has worked in various areas of process safety since starting work with Eastman Chemical in 1992. Mr. Chastain’s areas of expertise are in Process Hazards Analysis, risk management, layer of protection analysis, reactive chemical safety, dust hazards, safety instrumented systems and emergency relief.

Mr. Chastain is...Read more

William Ciolek

William Ciolek is a Principal Design Engineer with UOP, a Honeywell company, where he is the lead specialist for pressure relief worldwide. For 30 years he has consulted on the gamut of pressure relief problems and related process safety elements. Bill has trained hundreds of engineers at UOP and Amoco Corporation on pressure relief design.

He served as chairman of the DIERS Users Group subcommittee on incidents and case histories, and is a current member of the API Subcommittee on Pressure Relieving Systems.

A graduate of Michigan State University, he specializes in...Read more

Enio Kumpinsky

Enio Kumpinsky is a Principal Consultant at ioMosaic. He has over 30 years of experience in product and process development, scale-up, plant operations and chemical-process safety. Knowledge of technologies includes phenol-formaldehyde resins, acrylate polymers, unsaturated polyester resins, ethylene oxide and propylene oxide polymers, polyether ketones and neoprene rubber. Enio worked at Du Pont for more than seven years and at Ashland Global for more than 28 years before joining ioMosaic.

Process-...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

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