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Process Safety Boot Camp

Public (classroom) 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.

C2 Splitter Retray and Control Improvement

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
As part of an ethylene production expansion project, C2 splitter trays were restructured in the plant’s turnaround in 2012. This change made a...

How to Influence the Organization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Process Safety professionals are typically not in the line management organization. Instead, they serve as engineering team members, corporate staff...

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...

Assessing Thermal Stability - the Challenge of Powders

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
Assessing the thermal stability of process materials and mixtures is an essential step in understanding the process safety profile of a process. Many...

Detail Analysis of Caustic Tower Fouling Mechanism

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
To ensure the successful chemical treatment of a caustic system, fouling mechanisms must be identified and their respective contributions to the...

Leading LOPA Forward: A CCPS Evergreen LOPA Database

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
With the publication of Guidelines for Enabling Conditions and Conditional Modifiers in Layer of Protection Analysis (2013), Guidelines for...

Recent Development in Natural Gas Liquefaction Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
The LNG industry is an ever-changing industry where we face new challenges and solve new problems every day. The shale gas boom, the search of off-...

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...

Star LNG: a Family of Small-to-Mid-Scale LNG Processes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
Linde Engineering has successfully developed and marketed a range of processes, which cover the range between 50 t/d and 5,000 t/d LNG product. These...

Infiltration Hazards for Building Siting Studies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
While facility siting studies have been a requirement for many years, specifically for facilities that must comply with OSHA’s PSM program, only...

Advances in Automation: Wireless the Enabler

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
Older refineries and petrochemical facilities were built with the minimum amount of instrumentation, only that which was necessary to safely operate...

Moving Forward as On-Line Analyzers Improve

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
Online analyzers and sensors offer significant improvements to processes. They greatly enhance process control helping to insure consistent product...

Developments in EPA's Ethylene Standard

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
It has been more than 10 years since the finalization of EPA’s Ethylene Production rules that regulate hazardous air pollutants at ethylene...

Turbine Oil Varnish Development in Rotating Equipment

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
This document describes the potential problems, mitigation measures, maintenance, oil health, and the state-of-the-art technological aspects of...

PM2.5 Modeling Challenges

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
Air Dispersion Modeling is usually required to demonstrate compliance with the Ambient Air Quality Standards for PM 2.5 in support of an air permit...

PSM Elements: citations, practices & metrics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
PSM Introduction 'Master Class' with two invited speakers Copyright © American Institute of Chemical Engineers. All rights reserved.

Retrofitting Burner Management Systems At Existing Furnaces

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Retrofitting Burner Management Systems at Existing Furnaces This paper presents a pragmatic approach for how to retrofit and safely operate the...

Furnace Burner Management Practices within Nova Canada

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Furnace Burner Management Practices within Nova Canada The focus of this paper will be on the cracking heaters at the NOVA Chemicals Corunna site,...

Lessons Learned From Fire in Air Supply Ducts

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
ABSTRACT Submitted for consideration to the 47 th LPS on Oct 31, 2012 Title: Lessons Learned from Fire in Air Supply Ducts Primary author: Al Waller...

LNG Technology Development at Air Products

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
This presentation will trace the beginning of MCR (mixed components refrigerant) and use of Coil Wound Heat Exchanger, from helium recovery to the...

Effect of Flammable Cloud Treatment On Predicted Blast Loads

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Effect of Flammable Cloud Treatment on Predicted Blast Loads J. Kelly Thomas and Jihui Geng Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants 3330 Oakwell Court...

Blacks Swans, White Swans and Fifty Shades of Grey

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Last year at the Global Congress for Process Safety we presented a paper entitled, “Beware of the Black Swan: The Limitations of Risk Analysis for...

QRA Method for Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Filling Stations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Summary This paper describes a method to calculate risks generated by liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling stations for road trucks. An increasing...

Sound Alarm Management Improves Safety and Profitability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
At the core of ethylene manufacturing, plant operators play a critical role in maintaining safe, sustainable and profitable production. For nearly...

Visual Aid to Reduce Spurious Trips and Nuisance Alarms

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
HAZOP and Safety Integrity Level (SIL studies encourage adding safeguards such as alarms and trip with little consideration for cost or operability...

Update of the Activities of the NOx Safety Task Group

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
The initial AIChE Task Group for NOx Safety was set up following a disclosure of significant accumulations of the NOx compound, N 2 O 3, in an...

Preventing Process Safety Problems of Tomorrow, Today!

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
The most cost effective time for implementing process safety design elements is during the planning stages of the project management process. Gap:...

PSM Challenge for Unregulated Upstream Facilities

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Upstream oil and gas facilities are typically exempt from the OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) standard; however, in light of recent regulatory...

Snares to LOPA Action Items

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Snares to LOPA Action Items Glenn Rozmus, Dustin J. Smith, Dick A. Baum Greater numbers of action items are being generated from the LOPA process as...

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