While costly in the short term, a well-run shutdown minimizes costs and pays off significantly in the long term by helping maintain proper quality and safety standards.
Digitally transforming chemical operations is vital for safer plant shutdowns that limit operational disruption and reduce the risk of environmental impact.
Learn about the career path of this process engineer and hear about her current work as a doctoral researcher at the University of Manchester.
This month, an up-close look at water supply safety, tips for establishing a resilient supply chain for dangerous goods, how to use modeling software during development to evaluate process uncertainties, and much more.
Hear about the careers of other process engineers to learn how they entered the field and about their career choices, challenges, and successes.
Learn about the impressive scale-up process ahead of this process engineer, and read how he discovered his passion for the field and its many challenges.
Meet Ken and learn about the important process design work he’s responsible for as president and CEO of Solutions Recovery International.
This issue, read about where effort is most required to break down gender biases in the workplace, learn how mobile tools can help reduce human error, get tips for thermal hazards assessments, and more.
Learn about how Uriel got into process engineering, and read about his experience in industry and the work he now does in academia, which includes research on removing heaving metals from water.
Meet Abhishek Sharma, who discusses with us his passion for process engineering, overcoming challenges, and the importance of his work.
Get tips on designing liquid-liquid extraction systems, understand how emergency isolation valves can mitigate early pool fires, catch up on Institute news, and much more.
This issue, weigh the benefits of short-term and long-term solutions for aging infrastructure, use process safety risk assessment for cybersecurity risks, get tips for accurate detailed capital cost estimates, and more.
Learn about the broad range of experience this process engineer has developed and hear about some of her career challenges and highlights.
Learn about Sankhadeep's work as a process engineer in various roles, what drew him to the field, and why he feels process engineering is so vital.
This month, chemical engineers exchange tips on safely speeding up bleach processing, debate digital twins, discuss how they can best improve the world, and more.
This issue, take a look at reducing area electrical classification through upgraded ventilation, get the information you need for pressure-relief system design, get tips for managing ammonia in wastewater, and much more.
Meet Intel's Dr. Jill S. Craven and learn about how she chose process engineering as a field and what she likes most about her work.
This month, a special section on the cosmetics industry, plus safety incident prevention, a look at the race for a COVID-19 vaccine, and much more.
Hear what areas of process development have the most growth potential, and get a preview of what you can expect from the all-virtual Process Development Symposium in June.
Meet Ali, Lead Process Engineer at Saudi Aramco, and hear about his day-to-day work, how he entered the field of process engineering, and more.
Hear from Shaik about how he came to process engineering, consider his useful insights on school versus learning on the job, and learn what gives him fulfillment in his work.
This issue, a special section dedicated to process intensification, plus articles on perfecting incident investigations, preventing corrosion, career tips, and much more.
If you vowed to build your network in 2020, AIChE's Engage is an easy way to get started. Check out these current discussions.
Guillermo works for Venezuela's PDVSA as a utilities process engineer. Learn about his job and how he sees his role in the company's success.
Learn about the jobs and varied work experiences that have allowed Christopher to develop skills and advance in his career as a process engineer.
Have good advice to share? Want to see what other chemical engineers and chemical engineering students are up to? Check out the latest discussions.
This month in CEP, learn about NSF grants, get tips for safe scaleup, learn about planning a plant decommissioning, and much more.
A careful and methodical approach to technical issues will make your work easier and help save your company time and money.
A look at commissioning smart technology equipment, an intro to vapor intrusion, cutting costs and emissions with combustion control, and more.
Learn about the career path that led Sundara to Fluor Corporation and about the challenges and rewards of his career as a process engineer.
This month CEP looks at pharmaceutical manufacturing trends in addition to articles on electric heat tracing systems, process intensification, distillation tower inspections, and much more.
This month, a guide to distillation tower inspections, a close look at epigenetics, challenges for rare earth elements and other specialty metals, and much more.
Welcome to the tenth in a series of AIChE blog posts profiling process engineers, a diverse group of professionals spanning multiple industries and regions.
Want to know more about process engineering? Hear about this process engineer's career and profit from his insights on finding success in industry.
This month, CEP looks at the neural networks of deep learning and delves into Fourier transform infrared (FITR) spectroscopy, plus much more.
A Texas A&M graduate and newly retired engineer, Gayle discusses working in various areas at DuPont, including engineering design, plant improvement, and manufacturing as well as her experiences as an LGBTQ professional.
Monica Wilson discusses what led her to the career choice of process engineer and talks about her work at Union Carbide and AkzoNobel.
This month, a focus on safety and applying human factors considerations to improve alarm systems. Also, a look at computational methods, and much more.
Meet the 35 ChemEs honored in the AIChE 35 Under 35, brush up on adsorption, learn about condition monitoring, and much more.
This month CEP looks at troubleshooting, offers a feature on process safety management don'ts (read full text online), looks at air-cooled heat exchanger performance, and much more.
Chemical engineers continue to earn more than the average U.S. worker. The median salary of survey respondents is $127,000 — a 5.8% increase over the median reported in 2013.
The 59th Annual Safety in Ammonia Plants and Related Facilities Symposium will take place on September 7-11, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Royal Dutch Shell just introduced a motor oil made from natural gas using its PurePlus Technology at it’s $19 billion Pearl Gas-to-Liquids facility in Qatar.
If you're just starting out as a working chemical engineer, consider a rotational program to gain maximum exposure and experience.
Learn about one young chemical engineer's career at the Pearl GTL plant and about what she's had to learn on the job.
Once, all of Tesla's cars were hand-assembled "alpha builds." Now the Model S is rolling off a high tech production line located in Fremont, California.
This post is the first in a series of 12 posts about who ChEs are, what we’re doing, and where we’re going. 2013 AIChE president Phil Westmoreland looks at trends, considers the wide range of chemical engineers' abilities and achievements, and writes about some of the core and new directions emerging.
Masao Yoshida, a career nuclear engineer and the manager during the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, who bravely led the fight to bring the reactors under control, has stepped down after dire
Mixing, blending, and segregation are routinely practiced across a wide spectrum of industries, but how many engineers are relying on hunch and inherited practices instead of hard science? Far too many, according to expert Eric Maynard of Jenike & Johanson. Read on for his observations and insights into these common processes.
With the rising cost of energy and increased government oversight of greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy consumption is a key topic for chemical engineers. Christianto Wibowo, principal engineer at ClearWaterBay Technology, talks about ways to manage energy consumption in chemical plants.
Environmental management groups are cracking down on industries by imposing tighter discharge limits and making industries everywhere contemplate in-house pretreatment programs—and dilution is no longer an acceptable solution.
In the continuing series, we bring you more answers to questions about Fukushima and nuclear energy, from AIChE's Nuclear Engineering Division (NED).
Learning to read and interpret piping and instrumentation diagrams via dry text-based articles (unlike those produced by yours truly) can be painful. To make this critical topic a bit more engaging, a series of videos intended to complement the series provided here are offered. They review the fundamentals of virtually every aspect of symbology and tag application.
P&IDs may be viewed as a database of equipment, devices, lines and various sundry items that make up a process plant. Like a properly designed database, the tagging method employed on P&IDs needs to be robust and extensible. This Part 4 reviews key considerations and presents techniques that can be applied.
Get a thorough explanation of symbology as it relates to Piping and Instrumentation-controls symbology, tag identification, I/O devices, valve symbol, primary flow element, horizontal line types, dashes, and more.
As I mentioned in Part 2, the meanings of the various symbols used on P&IDs (aka, symbology) are defined on separate drawings called “Lead Sheets” (or Legend Sheets). These are your “secret decoder rings” to P&ID symbology interpretation. Every company that builds process plants should have a set of lead sheets customized to their particular ways and means.
With a Bit of Smoke, a Few Mirrors and a Degree in Hieroglyphics, Anyone Can Learn to Read a P&ID. This is Part 1 of a five-part series.