The Link Between Process Safety and Process Intensification

Live Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST
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Process intensification (PI) is one of the most promising development paths for the chemical process industry and one of the most important progress areas for modern chemical engineering. PI approaches are being developed not just to improve process economics and efficiencies but also to improve process safety. One common example is the switch from batch to continuous processes as a way to improve the inherent safety of a process by minimizing the inventory of hazardous chemicals.

Process safety management is critical to implement when designing and implementing any process – intensified or conventional – and one must carefully consider the safety implications of any new process.

Join CCPS’ Technical Director Louisa Nara and the RAPID Manufacturing Institute’s CTO Paul Yelvington for this 60-minute webinar on the link between process safety and process intensification where we will explore:

  • What are both the potential pros (e.g., better control of exothermic reactions through microchannel devices) and cons (e.g., increased complexity of control systems for multi-function process equipment) of PI processes from a safety perspective?
  • How do process intensification and process safety techniques overlap and why is it important to consider both when designing processes?
  • What are important safety considerations to keep in mind when implementing intensified processes?
  • From both a PI and a process safety perspective, how do you identify and evaluate the potential of low-hanging fruit?

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This webinar is part of ongoing Education & Workforce Development efforts of the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. Webinars are free to RAPID Members and available to AIChE Members through use of member credits. This particular webinar is also free to employees of CCPS Member Companies. Any questions or issues during registration? Contact Ashley Smith-Schoettker at


Louisa Nara

Louisa Nara is the Technical Director of the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Louisa comes to AIChE/CCPS after 15 years with Bayer where she held positions of increasing responsibility including: Manager Process Safety and Crisis Management; Director of HSE, Security and Emergency Response at Bayer’s largest US Manufacturing site; and, Director, Risk Management and Compliance, NAFTA. Prior to joining Bayer, Louisa also gained significant experience in process safety, engineering, and HSE with Diamond Shamrock, PQ...Read more

Paul Yelvington

Paul Yelvington is the Chief Technology Officer of the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. Prior to this role, Paul served as the Chief Chemical Engineer and Group Leader for Energy Conversion Technologies at Mainstream Engineering (MEC), where he led programs to develop several modular process technologies, including a portable fast-pyrolysis process for thermochemical biomass conversion to fuels, a hybrid hydrothermal liquefaction process for conversion of wet food wastes to fuels, and a biogas-tolerant engine-generator for agricultural waste digesters. In addition, Paul coordinated MEC’s...Read more

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