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Process Safety Boot Camp

Face-to-Face Course
Offered in North America, this intensive and highly interactive 4-day course trains chemical engineers in the fundamentals of Process Safety. Taught...

Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)

CCPS was established in 1985 to focus on engineering and management practices that can prevent and mitigate catastrophic accidents involving release of hazardous materials. CCPS is supported by sponsors in the chemical and hydrocarbon process industries and active worldwide via conferences, books, databases, education, research, and more.

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...

High / Continuous Demand Hazardous Scenariosin LOPA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
Layer of protection analysis (LOPA) has become one of the most important risk analysis techniques in the process industry to determine the integrity...

Integrating PSM into a Company's Management System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
Integrating PSM into a Companys Management System Process Safety Management is composed of different elements and processes that need to articulate...

Making Process Safety Personal - Engaging the Front Line

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
The front line is instrumental in implementing process safety, Yet they are rarely engaged in meaningful process safety discussions. We tend to...

A Career in Process Safety: 50 Years of LPS

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
Drawing from a career from 1962 through 2016 in the chemical and process industries, this paper will describe some informal practices of process...

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...

Overview of the High Pressure Gas Safety Act in Japan

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
If handled incorrectly, the high pressure gas widely used in industry can cause damage not only to the plant in which it is being handled, but also...

Black Swans in the Chemical Processing Industries

Archived Webinar
Mar 16, 2016
Catastrophic events continue to happen in the chemical processing industries. Learn how to protect yourself against “black swan” occurrences. This webinar presents examples of black swan events while discussing the difficulties of predicting them. You’ll learn that once black swan events occur,...

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...

AIChE Fellows - Who, Why & How?

Archived Webinar
Jul 23, 2015
John P. O'Connell tells of this history and criteria of the AIChE Fellow membership class, and hosts a panel of Fellows to speak about becoming a Fellow.

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...

The Dow Chemical Story

Archived Webinar
Jun 25, 2015
Dow Chemical was founded in 1897 by Herbert Henry Dow. Learn about the history of this chemical giant as it grows and merges into the top company it remains more than 100 years later, and hear some insight as to what has kept it successful and sustainable.

Engineering Adventures from Outer Space To Patient Safety And Then Some

Archived Webinar
May 28, 2015
Dr. James P. Bagian will share some of his career experiences, from his diverse "jobs" as astronaut, engineer, doctor, and patient-oriented healthcare delivery expert. Dr. Bagian is a physician and engineer who currently serves as the Director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient...

Emissions Testing of Pressure Assisted Flare Burners

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2015
The flare system for a new US Gulf Coast propylene production unit will be a multipoint ground flare utilizing pressure assisted burners. The...

Flare Regulatory Trends and Impact on Ethylene Manufacture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2015
Global attention on improving oil and gas, refinery, petrochemical, and related industrial flaring practices continues its forward advance intimately...

Bhopal 30 Years Later

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
On the early morning of December 3rd 1984 a large release of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas occurred in a pesticide production plant located in Bhopal,...

Cangrejera Learnings

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Process safety management systems should be in place to ensure repeatability in operations. A good system consists of higher level procedures that...

Planning Early for Compressor Surge Avoidance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Compressor stations are installed at regular interval to drive the flow of gas in a pipeline. The principal component of the compressor station is...

Fire from the Cascading Failure of an Oxygen Supply System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
This paper discusses the investigation, findings, and root cause analysis of a fire due to the loss of oxygen containment in an ethylene oxide...

Engineering Safe Pressure Relief for Existing Flare Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Designing a safe and cost-effective pressure relief system is a constant concern for Engineers working to design safe facilities. Existing flare...

A Miss, Amiss, a Near Miss

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Working Titles: Here a Miss, There a Miss, Everywhere a Near Miss Has your Near Miss Program Gone Amiss? Amiss, A Miss, A Near Miss Catastrophic...

Chemical Incompatibility Matrices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Chemical Incompatibility Matrices Michelle R. Murphy and Surendra K. Singh ioKinetic, LLC 95 Stiles Road, Salem, New Hampshire 03079, USA murphy@...

New Building Siting Using Risk-Based Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Growth in the energy and petrochemical sectors has seen a surge in the expansion of existing facilities (brown-fields) and construction of new...

Statistical Review of Runaway Reaction Kinetics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
The calculated self-heating rate of vinyl acetate polymerization runaway reaction was analyzed by means of statistical tools. The data come from a...

CFD Modeling of Air Emissions from Controlled Flare Tests

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Although significant progress has been made in developing technologies capable of measuring flare efficiencies and emissions in situ, essential...

Modification of the DIERS Fire Exposure Test Methodology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
There is a need to be able to obtain proper runaway data for reactions where fire exposure is a credible scenario. Where the engineering design has...

Refinery Power Outages-Caues, Costs & Solutions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Unplanned refinery shutdowns hit company earnings two ways: lost production and potential liabilities for excess flaring and unsafe operations. In...

Surviving an OSHA PSM National Emphasis Program Audit

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) instituted a “National Emphasis Program” to conduct both targeted and random inspections of...

Mercury Removal in Ethylene Plants: An Update and a Case Study

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Ethylene producers have faced the challenge of feedstock contaminants for decades. Mercury is one of the contaminants often present in ethylene plant...

Cracking Furnace Line Flushing Pre-Commissioning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
The abundance of low cost shale gas has led to numerous projects in North America to expand existing or construct new ethylene production units. Most...

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