Process Safety Technical Areas

Combustible Dust Hazard Assessment: A Risk Based Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
A CCPS Concept Book on performing Combustible Dust Hazard Assessments (CDHA) will be published later this year. This book is not meant to duplicate...

Safer and Smarter Sulfiding of Hydrotreating Catalysts

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
Catalyst sulfiding (aka "presulfiding") is a critical step to ensure that hydrotreating catalysts perform as designed after startup. In order to...

Is a Two-Inch Hole Adequate for a Siting Study?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
For several decades now, many consequence-based siting assessments (e.g., API RP 752) have relied upon a two-inch hole to represent what is termed a...

One Company's Observations on the Implementation of LOPA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is gaining popularity as a risk assessment tool, but often unexpected difficulties are encountered when rolling...

40 Years of Worst Practices - Don't Do This!

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
ABSTRACT Having worked in the chemical and PSM industries since 1976, on this, the 40 th anniversary, I'd like to share with you some of the worst...

Human Factors and Their Impact on Plant Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
History is full of technology breakthroughs, all striving to increase productivity and efficiency, from the steam engine and the telegraph; we’ve...

Culture, Competence and Compliance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
Atlantic LNG is one of the world’s largest producers of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). From our base in Trinidad, we operate a four-train liquefaction...

Beyond HAZOP and LOPA - Four Different Company Approaches

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
Stepping Beyond HAZOP and LOPA J. Wayne Chastain, P.E. Eastman Chemical Company P.O. Box 511 B-18 Kingsport, TN 37662 (423) 224-0553 chastain@eastman...

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...

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...

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...

The Lifecycle Keeps Turning - Upcoming Changes to IEC 61511

Archived Webinar
Jul 8, 2015
This presentation provides an overview of significant changes to IEC 61511, including BPCS protection layer credit, quantitative analysis for multiple instrumented protection layers achieving equivalent to SIL 4, fault detection and response, hardware fault tolerance, prior use, security assessment...

Pressure Relief Systems Effluent Handling

Archived Webinar
Mar 18, 2015
Collection, disposal, and treatment systems are an integral part of pressure relief systems for minimizing potential hazards posed by the effluent from pressure relief devices. There are several strategies for effluent handling, as well as common unit operations for executing those strategies in...

Fire Safety with High Energy Density Batteries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 20, 2014
As high energy density battery technology develops to meet the rapidly increasing demands of consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and grid level...

Are Unconfined Hydrogen Vapor Cloud Explosions Credible?

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
A question is frequently raised by owner/operators of chemical processing and refinery sites as to whether unconfined hydrogen vapor cloud explosions...

Upstream

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

2014 Conference Keynote

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 9, 2014
Strong process research organizations and capabilities constitute very relevant competitive advantages in the chemical industry, enabling constant...

Ethylene Decomposition: A Review

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Under conditions of high pressure and temperature, ethylene can decompose to methane and carbon. This highly exothermic reaction, once initiated, is...

Risk Assessment Challenges to 20:20 Vision

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
A wide variety of hazard identification and risk analysis techniques are available. All techniques require knowledge in the fundamentals of the...

Keys to Avoid Making a Dog's Breakfast out of Your MOC System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
When thinking about MOCs on a case by case basis it is easy to forget the overall role of a change management system. Think of MOC as a security...

Unknown Aspects of Metal Dust Explosions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Dust explosions hazards have been addressed in a number of standards and guidelines aiming at supporting industry to work safely (including NFPA 61,...

Chemical Explosion Isolation For Small Contained Vessels

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Particle size reduction equipment are used in many branches of the process industries, such as food, chemical, pharmaceutical and energy. According...

Auditing IPLs -- Using Safety Critical Functions Manuals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
The three criteria for an independent layer of protection (IPL) are effectiveness, independence, and auditability. The effectiveness and independence...

Human Performance Improvement Going Beyond Human Factors

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
Today, chemical, petrochemical, and refining processes are better understood than ever. In addition, maintenance inspections and tests, and...

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