Fluid Flow Analysis- The Key to Your Success in Chemical Engineering

STS Local Section September Meeting
Originally delivered Sep 13, 2013
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Learn how fluid flow analysis can be applied to solve root-cause flow problems to significantly improve plant production, profitability and environmental compliance. The September STS meeting will review the fundamentals of fluid flow analysis, discuss how to accurately assess and avoid 2-phase flow conditions using API’s standard on thermophysical properties, and derive the benefits from a properly engineered fluid flow system. A number of case studies showing how fluid flow simulation models can be used to solve very complex root-cause problems in process and utility systems will be shared. Every process and utility system is limited by its hydraulic design. However, chemical engineers typically don’t spend a significant amount of their time solving fluid flow problems even though many opportunities exist. Fluid flow simulation principals are not difficult to understand, however, most chemical engineers go through their entire careers without taking the time to appreciate how to apply fluid flow analysis to improve their plant facilities and further their careers. The fundamental concepts of fluid flow analysis (Bernoulli equation, k-values, etc.) and 'application' of fluid flow analysis to real-life problems with be covered, including a local petrochemical plant where EPI Engineering and EPCON International received the IETC Energy Award for 2013. Special emphasis on how to identify opportunities and quantify the savings potential to solve root-cause flow problems in your plant facility will be discussed.


Todd Willman, PE, MBA

Professional Experience: 25 years at EPCON International developing fluid flow software, simulation software, and thermophysical properties software for chemical engineers working in the oil, gas and chemical processing industries, currently in the role of Director of Development and Engineering. Developed and manage a practical fluid flow simulation modeling service to improve plant reliability, safety, and profitability by modeling plant utility systems. As Chair of the South Texas Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (largest in the local section in the nation)...Read more

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