May 2016 CEP Preview


Preparing for a Successful Energy Assessment

If your facility has an upcoming energy assessment, odds are you might be overwhelmed with the list of things you need to do, data you need to organize, and people you need to contact. This article streamlines the planning process and recommends steps you can take to optimize your facility’s energy costs.

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Understand Pilot-Plant Design Specifications

Although pilot- and commercial-scale plants may appear similar, they must be designed with different objectives in mind. Find out how the design criteria for pilot and commercial plants differ, and why commercial specifications should not be applied to pilot plants.


Consider Moving to Fixed Valves

CPI companies are switching to fixed valves despite a slight loss in operational flexibility. Fixed valves offer better reliability, fouling resistance, and more robust valve designs.


Determining Discharge Rates of Particulate Solids

Many factors affect the flowrate of bulk solids. This article reviews the underlying physics of solids flow and explains how to calculate the discharge rate of solids from processing and handling equipment.


  • Building Microstructures, One Particle at a Time
  • Borylation Enables Easier Methane Conversion
  • New Programming Language Automates Genetic Circuit Design
  • Electricity Drives Greener Reactions
  • 100,000 Cycles and Beyond: Gel Electrolyte Powers Up Nanowires
  • A Tailored Approach to Drug Delivery
  • Catalyst Transforms CO2 into Ethylene
  • New Tool Could Expand the Use of CRISPR
  • Electrolyte Heats Up and Keeps Working


  • AIChE Journal Highlight: Putting Data Science to Work for Chemical Engineers
  • Technical Entity Trends: A Critical Problem to Solve
  • Catalyzing Commercialization: Magnetic Enzyme Immobilization Set to Unlock the Power of Biocatalysis
  • Process Safety Beacon: Prevent Repeat Incidents
  • Leadership Q&A: Keep the Long-Term in Mind
  • Young Professionals Point of View: Persuade Your Boss to Send You to an AIChE Conference
  • Spotlight on Safety: Prepare to be Safe at a First Job or Internship
  • Product Focus: Heat Transfer
  • Books
  • Calendars
  • Institute News:
    • AIChE Signs Memorandum of Understanding with National Society of Black Engineers
    • Stuart Churchill, AIChE Fellow and Former President, Dies at 95
    • Your AIChE Membership: Awards
    • Member News

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