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SAChE® Certificate Program – Reactor Runaway and Overpressure Protection

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This course covers the process safety hazards associated with runaway chemical reactions. Several significant incidents are presented to introduce the concerns/hazards, which leads to a detailed presentation on the process safety information required to analyze these potential hazards followed by in-depth discussion of inherently safer methods, design methods, and layers of protection commonly applied to eliminate, prevent the occurrence, and mitigate the impact of runaway reaction incidents. The specialized considerations for overpressure system design for potential runaway reactors is introduced. A significant industrial runaway reactor incident is used to illustrate these concepts.

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Robert E. Young

Dr. Robert E Young is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering Practice in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science at the University of Southern California. Since joining USC full-time in 2016 (part-time from 2014 to 2016), Robert has taught the Chemical Engineering Process Control, Computer-Aided Design, Process Plant Design, and the Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Laboratory courses. Additionally, he has developed and taught a Chemical Process Safety course that is new to USC. He is currently working with the CCPS Undergraduate Process Safety...Read more

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



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