SAChE® Certificate Program - Hazards and Risk: Introduction to Pressure Protection

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Pressure that gets out of control has been the cause of many of the most devastating incidents in the history of chemical processing. The science of overpressure and its prevention and mitigation impact nearly all elements of process safety management. Engineers working in process safety need to have a fundamental knowledge of pressure relief concepts even if they are never involved in the actual design of pressure relief. This course will provide that knowledge in an orderly progression, with concepts illustrated by numerous case studies.

Students will be introduced to the nature of overpressure and types of scenarios that can cause it in chemical processing. Students will then learn the types of devices available to provide pressure relief, as well as discuss the types of information needed to size relief for the various scenarios discussed. Finally, the course will present an overview of the basic approaches to safely mitigating the discharges from relieved pressure.

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Gregory Hounsell

Greg developed his technical capabilities over a 35 year career at Pfizer Inc., first as a manager for ten years in the Brooklyn manufacturing facility, overseeing the production of synthesis and fermentation based food additives and antibiotics, and then as a design engineer and project manager in the corporation's Global Engineering Department. His engineering activities included providing process consulting support to sites worldwide, process support to capital projects, and design management on various projects.

Greg was instrumental in the development of...Read more

Dennis Bernhard

Dennis Bernhard is a retired Chemical Engineer, having spent 40 years working for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.  In the first half of his career, he was a process engineer, responsible for the design of cryogenic processes for the separation of light hydrocarbons, hydrogen, methane, helium and other gases from natural gas, refinery gases, and other sources.   He moved into process safety in the second half of his career and was responsible for conducting PHA’s both for new as well as existing operating air separation and hydrogen plants, reviewing proposed changes...Read more



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