Process Safety Technical Areas

Cold Flow Study of a Segregated Zoning Burner

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 9, 2015
There are large deposits of oil shale and inaccessible coal in the US and around the world. Shale oil extraction is usually performed by ex-situ...

Photocatalytic Methanol Reforming on TiO2

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 9, 2015
Hydrogen gas has great potential for use in transportation fuels and industrial applications, but as it is currently produced commercially from steam...

Room Temperature Shape Memory Polymers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 9, 2015
Temperature controlled shape memory polymers can be synthesized via a facile method using long chain fatty acid and cross-linked natural rubber. For...

Emergency Block Valves

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
An Emergency Block Valves (EBV) is used as a means of isolating flammable or toxic substances in the event of a leak or fire. The installation, and...

Two Incompetent Workers; Too Close for Comfort ñ Part 1

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Learning from experience is one of the four pillars of Risk-Based Process Safety. Incidents that occur at one facility often provide opportunities to...

Design Challenges in Tankage Modernization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
In order to comply with regulation requirements, a refinery needs to perform major revamps to produce different grades of Diesel, namely ULSD, Off-...

Proven in Use (What's the Quality of Your Data)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
To perform LOPA's, fault tree analysis, SIL verifications and other quantitative likelihood analyses requires data. As much as everyone wants data,...

Societal Risk Criteria and Pipelines

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
The discussion of societal risk criteria for the process industry began in the 1970's, led primarily by the Dutch and British governments. Most of...

Process safety status in China

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Process safety status in China

Flash Fire From a Hot Combustible Liquid

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
A truck driver loading a tanker was fatally injured in a flash fire. The accident occurred at the loading rack of a petroleum refinery. The truck...

More LOPA Misapplied: Common Errors and How to Avoid Them

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) continues to be more and more widely utilized in the Petrochemical and other industries. LOPA is a “simplified”...

Working Under Pressure (How do you manage pressure hazards?)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Industry is increasingly moving towards utilizing High Integrity Protective Systems (HIPS) to reduce flare loading and prevent the environmental...

Maintain Safety Excellence in Laboratory Test Facilities

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Our laboratory contains calorimeters to characterize reactive chemical hazards and multiple different instruments to characterize both dust and gas/...

Fire From Iron

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Although the potential consequences of combustible dust explosions are becoming more widely known, the potential consequences of combustible dust...

Using Alarms As a Layer of Protection

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Alarms and operator response are one of the first layers of protection in preventing a plant upset from escalating into a hazardous event. This...

Hydrogen Membrane Technology for Ethylene Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
HYDROGEN TRANSPORT MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY FOR ETHYLENE PRODUCTION U. (Balu) Balachandran, T. H. Lee, C. Y. Park, and S. E. Dorris Energy Systems...

Taking a Risk for Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Taking a Risk for Safety Over the last twenty years companies in the process industries have invested heavily in their occupational safety programs...

Tutorial on Combustible Dust

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Recent catastrophic dust explosions, the combustible dust National Emphasis Program (NEP), and OSHA proposed rulemaking, have increased awareness of...

Human Factors and Their Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Weak control of human factors leads directly to error. An error can result in an initiating event of an accident sequence (directly by the mistake...

Prediction of Corrosion in Pipes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
ABSTRACT AIChE Spring 2012 Meeting Prediction of Corrosion in Pipes Sally Nicola, Victor Carreto, Ray A. Mentzer, M. Sam Mannan Mary Kay O'Connor...

Social HAZOP At Oil Refine Industry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Introduction Maintenance of process safety in the industry several tools are used such as Risk Analysis, Failure mode and events Analysis (FMEA), a...

Implementation of a Highly Toxic Materials Management Program

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Process Safety Management (PSM) is defined as the application of management systems and controls (programs, procedures, audits, evaluations) to a...

Explosion Hazards of Multicomponent Combustible Gas Mixtures

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Laminar and turbulent premixed flame burning velocities are two parameters that are sometimes needed to evaluate explosion hazards. There is ample...

How to Structure a Basic Care Strategy for Rotating Equipment

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Do your operators and management know the real health of your machinery?. Do they depend too much on the alarm notification of the abnormal condition...

Operations Management Panel Discussion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The intent of this session is to present and develop a framework for management of rotating equipment within the plant. The papers and panel...

ìWell the Team Has Met and Completed the PHAÖ.Now What?î

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Learning from the experiences and expertise of others has long been recognized as a valued process when completing PHAs. The gathering of a multi-...

The CCPS Reactivity Evaluation Software Tool

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Incidents involving uncontrolled chemical reactions continue to result in injuries, fatalities and economic loss and harm in industry. These...

PSM Metrics Impact on Process Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 15, 2011
Several years ago our facility recognized the need to expand from a PSM Program managed by a small group to a PSM Culture owned by the full facility...

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