Process Safety Technical Areas

Photocatalytic Methanol Reforming on TiO2

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:30am-11:00am
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
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:30am-11:00am
Temperature controlled shape memory polymers can be synthesized via a facile method using long chain fatty acid and cross-linked natural rubber. For...

Human Factors Considerations: Midstream Process Safety Integration

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Midstream oil and gas companies are coming into their own. For example, according to Deloitte (2014), “Midstream energy companies’ share of overall...

Fire Safety with High Energy Density Batteries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
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
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
A question is frequently raised by owner/operators of chemical processing and refinery sites as to whether unconfined hydrogen vapor cloud explosions...

2014 Conference Keynote

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 8:30am-9:15am
Strong process research organizations and capabilities constitute very relevant competitive advantages in the chemical industry, enabling constant...

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

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
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...

Chemical Explosion Isolation For Small Contained Vessels

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
Particle size reduction equipment are used in many branches of the process industries, such as food, chemical, pharmaceutical and energy. According...

Maximizing CO2 Uptake in Concrete Blocks Carbonation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 9:15am-9:30am
Maximizing CO2 uptake in concrete blocks carbonationYixin Shao1* , Yaodong Jia1 , Zhen He2 and Liang Hu31Department of Civil Engineering , McGill...

Hot Water Flowthrough Pretreatment of Cellulosic Biomass

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 8:30am-8:45am
Transportation is a key energy use sector which will likely need liquid fuels for a long time if not indefinitely. Cellulosic biomass is a promising...

Offshore Process Overview

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 1:00pm-3:30pm
Offshore topside facilities are typically designed for minimum processing of the well fluids to minimize the topside facilities weight and footprint...

The Uniqueness and Challenges of Technology Based Businesses

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:30am-11:30am
A Technology Based Business (TBB) is defined as a commercial entity that utilizes intellectual assets (e.g. patents, know-how, trade secrets, etc.)...

CSB Investigation of Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
On August 6, 2012 a hydrocarbon fire occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the crude unit of the Chevron Richmond Refinery in Richmond, California...

Furnace Burner Management Practices within U.S. Ethylene Producers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Furnace Burner Management Practices within U.S. Ethylene Producers A summary of the current working practices and approaches to hazardous event...

Some Lessons Learned When Communicating with Neighboring Communities

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
This paper combines 35 years of direct plant managerial experience on processes handling hazardous materials and energies with a subsequent decade of...

Management Discipline: Defining a Process Safety Strategy

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:15am-11:45am
Management Discipline: Defining a Process Safety Strategy Jerry J. Forest - Global Process Safety Manager, Celanese jerry.forest@celanese.com...

Safety Controls, Alarms, and Interlocks As IPLs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:15am-11:45am
Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) involves the analysis of the sequence of events leading to an identified scenario. This analysis yields an...

A Guide to the Legal Framework of the PSM Standard for Engineers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 9:00am-9:30am
A Guide to the Legal Framework of the Process Safety Management Standard for Engineers By Christopher J. Cunio, Esq. and Georges A. Melhem, Ph.D. The...

Troubleshooting a Furnace Emissions Problem

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:45am-9:15am
We had been fighting CO flue gas emissions on our CEMS analyzer for around a year, we had indications that it was a burner problem, fixed the burners...

NFPA 68 New Gas Venting Equations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
The 2013 edition of NFPA 68 Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting will replace vent area sizing equations containing the gas...

Characteristics of Companies with Great Process Safety Performance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 11:00am-11:30am
CCPS’s Vision 2020 describes the characteristics of companies with great process safety performance in the future. This work is extremely important...

Engineering Pellets of Biomass Blends

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 3:15pm-3:45pm
Transportation and handling of lignocellulosic biomass are often challenging and expensive due to low bulk density, in the range of 60-80 kg/m 3 for...

Insights From Glucose Pyrolysis for Cellulose Pyrolysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 1:30pm-1:45pm
Experimental and predicted kinetics of glucose, the monomer of cellulose, provides quantitative and qualitative insights into the pyrolysis of...

Two Incompetent Workers; Too Close for Comfort ñ Part 1

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Learning from experience is one of the four pillars of Risk-Based Process Safety. Incidents that occur at one facility often provide opportunities to...

Tutorial on Combustible Dust

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Recent catastrophic dust explosions, the combustible dust National Emphasis Program (NEP), and OSHA proposed rulemaking, have increased awareness of...

Social HAZOP At Oil Refine Industry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
Introduction Maintenance of process safety in the industry several tools are used such as Risk Analysis, Failure mode and events Analysis (FMEA), a...

Learning from Major CSB Investigations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
Learning from Major CSB Investigations

Operations Management Panel Discussion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
The intent of this session is to present and develop a framework for management of rotating equipment within the plant. The papers and panel...

Ignition of Dust Layers by Mechanical Sparks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
Dust explosions represent a considerable safety risk in process industry. Statistical records of dust explosions show that 32.7 % of these explosions...

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