January 2017 CEP Preview


Don’t Do This!

These are some of the worst process safety management (PSM) practices we have seen. Don’t make these mistakes.

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Use Thermography to Expose What’s Hidden

Don’t be kept in the dark. Use thermal imaging to reveal the true colors of your process upset.


Use Downcomer Gamma Scans to Troubleshoot Your Process

Downcomer scanning can provide valuable information to diagnose your tower. In particular, these scans are useful for determining the mechanism of flooding — one of the most common problems encountered in distillation columns. Follow these guidelines to avoid pitfalls.


Improve Air-Cooled Heat Exchanger Performance 

Employ the maintenance practices outlined here to increase the cooling capacity of your air-cooled heat exchangers.


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  • Nanostamps Enable Precision Electronic Printing
  • Miniature Lab on a Patch Analyzes Sweat On the Go
  • A Dye Could Power Scalable Batteries
  • A Mutated Assembly Line Makes Antibiotics
  • An Antidote for CO Poisoning is on the Horizon


  • Catalyzing Commercialization: Sour Gas has a Sweeter Future
  • AIChE Journal Highlight: Chemical Reaction Engineering Rises to the Challenge
  • The ChE in Context: Adjusting to Policy Changes: Full Reversal in Washington, DC
  • Young Professionals Point of View: Choose the Right PhD Program
  • Process Safety Beacon: High Oxygen Concentrations Can be Hazardous
  • Process Safety Visions: Vibrant Management Systems
  • Technical Entity Trends: Sustainability Careers for Chemical Engineers
  • Meeting Preview: Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
  • Product Focus: Fluids Handling, Software, and Environmental Equipment
  • Calendars
  • Institute News
    • President’s Corner
    • DOE Taps AIChE to Lead RAPID Modular Process Intensification Institute
    • AIChE Gala Honors 3M, BASF, Biogen for Innovation; Celebrates Hoover Medal Recipient Robert Langer
    • 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting Summary
    • Institute and Board Award Nominations Due February 15
    • Your AIChE Membership: AIChE Academy

The January 2017 issue of CEP is now available online. AIChE members receive access to CEP, including a searchable archive of issues dating back to 2001, online at http://www.aiche.org/cep.