This issue: boosting parting box performance, common failures mechanism of fired heaters, plus AI, XR, and microlearning trends in training, and much more.
This month, hazardous materials use and storage and how they relate to building codes, tips for safe pump operation, a look at process control issues during engineering design, and more.
This month, tips for quick assessment of distillation columns, a look at teaching process control topics, advice on patenting your work, and more.
This issue: opportunities to control plastic waste, a look at design and operation considerations for distillation experiments, and much more.
This month, a look at dual-dividing-wall columns, steps to improve disaster preparedness, controlling nitrogen and phosphorus in wastewater, and much more.
In this issue, troubleshooting combustion and air pollution control equipment, a heat exchanger primer, tips for career growth, and more.
Keep your flare system safe, get tips to troubleshoot a thermosiphon reboiler, build skills to transition to a leadership role, and much more.
Think low pressure means low risk? Think again! Looking for ways to reduce distillation column energy requirements? We've got smart tips. These topics and much more in the December 2019 issue.
This month in CEP, tips for getting your research published, advice for strong video presentations, a look at reducing plant energy costs, and much more.
Have good advice to share? Want to see what other chemical engineers and chemical engineering students are up to? Check out the latest discussions.
A look at commissioning smart technology equipment, an intro to vapor intrusion, cutting costs and emissions with combustion control, and more.
Determine the best catalyst replacement interval for fixed-bed reactors, boost fan performance and efficiency, meet the Caltech 6, and much more.
This issue, learn how to give a great presentation, look at top chemE's predictions for the future of the profession, delve into deep learning, and much more.
This month, results of the biennial salary survey of chemical engineers, ways to improve spreadsheet productivity, cybersecurity tips, and more.
This month, CEP looks at compressors for ethylene plants, data science for chemical engineers, risk-based calibration, and much more.
One of the very latest screencasts from LearnChemE discusses the PID family of controllers, what they do, and how they work. The tutorial covers P-only, I-only, PI, D-only and PID.
Shell has sent out a video update as its revolutionary Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project winds up major construction in Samsung’s Geoje shipyard in South Korea.
When Ryan Lance, CEO of ConocoPhillips, told an OPEC conference in 2012 that the cartel was complacently under-estimating the global impact of US shale drillers, the audience, flush with $100 a bar
Brazilian chemical engineering student Rafael Vaz shares the process and results of an academic research project as well as its industrial applications.
This fall we're featuring some of our top posts of all time. This great Excel series, which starts with the post below, is a perennial favorite. Check it out If you've not yet had the pleasure.
Need help with lead-lag systems? This tutorial introduces lead lag systems, with a particular focus on first-order systems.
What is a degree-of-freedom analysis, and how can you use it to analyze engineering problems? Brush up on basics in this short video tutorial.
This video tutorial introduces simple steam tables, the differences between different types of steam tables, and how to use them.
Have great ideas or technology to share? Be a presenter at the 37th Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC) in New Orleans next June.
If you can't tell the symbol for a packed bed reactor from a plug flow reactor, brush up on reactor symbols here.
From our archives comes a popular Excel tutorial for chemical engineers, developed by ChE Todd Krueger. Check it out for more on pivot tables, macros, indirect references, and more.
Excel got you down? Get up to speed with a ton of tutorials on chemical engineering computing using Excel and Matlab.
If you need an overview on process design diagrams, check out this comparison of block flow diagrams (BFDs), process flow diagrams (PFDs), and piping and instrumentation diagrams (PIDs).
Confused by Reynolds Transport Theorem? This short video should help clear up many of your questions.
The US Geological Survey just released the first publicly available interactive map showing 47,000 onshore wind turbine locations across the United States.
Anyone can spot energy trends since the US Energy Information Administration has unveiled a new mapping tool that shows the locations of US oil and gas wells.
Imagine you want to make beer, and not just any beer, but great beer. Learn more about how this and other processes can be optimized using hybrid modeling.
Watch a video interview about the winning app, which calculates the phase equilibrium of non-reactive chemical species.
A novel solar reactor design has been developed at the University of Florida. Preliminary tests using a pilot-scale system capable of taking in 10kW solar energy and using it to drive the splitting of water have been successful.
John Leazer discussed several key ways in which the EPA is working to promote and assist industry in their ongoing sustainability efforts. Of special significance are some software tools available from the EPA.
UCLA announced that the lab of one of its researchers, Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering, has developed a handheld smartphone attachment that enables a smartphone to detect a single virus.
“Overcoming Future Challenges through Engineering Excellence” will be the theme of the 2nd Middle East Process Engineering Conference (MEPEC 2013), Sept. 29–Oct. 2, 2013 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Whether you're looking for a tutorial to help you on a project at work, or are a student looking to use the summer months to improve valuable Excel skills, check out this video on 3D plots.
Good problem-solver? Huey Duck, your client, has inherited an oil tanker from his great uncle, Scrooge McDuck. Can you help Huey understand the market value of his inheritance?
The best time to work on self-improvement is during the summer, and one of the most useful areas for chemical engineers to focus on is programming.
Watch as George Laguros, Geophysicist for the Marathon Oil Corporation in Houston, Texas, talks about analyzing seismic data in the present and reminisces about the days of analysis with a pencil, slide rule, and graph paper.
Studying crystal structures and confused by Miller indices? Check out this video from the LearnChemE video series.
Losing ground to competitors, a major brewery takes a look at alternative products. Can bottled water be a viable solution? Check out the case study and submit your thoughts, ideas, and recommendations.
How good are your problem-solving skills? Check out this chemical engineering management case study and show us what you've got!
Need a quick tutorial or help reviewing chemical engineering concepts? If so, this massive library of chemical video tutorials will make your day—and might even raise your grades.
Ready for some real-world problem-solving? This case study introduces a real engineering scenario in which a company needs help increasing production in the Pacific. Are you up for the challenge?
British Petroleum is spending $100 million to replace its current data center with what it says will be the largest supercomputer for commercial research in the world. The company hopes the added computing power will bring with it a significant competitive advantage in the race for the globe's newly discovered sources of gas and oil.
In this week’s post about the new Golden Age of ChE and the role of computing, Phil Westmoreland writes about “From Big Data to Smart Manufacturing.”
In this week’s post about the new Golden Age of ChE, Phil Westmoreland writes about “Massively parallel computing and massive impacts for ChE.”
To help young engineers make the transition from academic success to a thriving career and make the most of important early work years, Todd Willman will be speaking to the YPs at 8:00 pm EDT.
The first edition of Positive Displacement Pumps: A Guide to Performance Evaluation was published in 2007 by AIChE's Equipment Testing Procedures Committee (ETPC). The ETPC’s goal is to release or update at least one testing procedure each year.
Chemical engineers collaborate to brainstorm new product ideas, solve technical problems, manage projects, and more. I'm writing a series of articles for Chemical Engineering Progress magazine on the online tools that ChemEs are using to collaborate. Share what tools you use!
During the poster session at the Spring Meeting and 8th Global Congress on Process Safety, we spoke with Anjana Meel, research and development engineer at Safer Systems, to discuss her research on spills. The research compares shrinking vs. non-shrinking spills to help process safety engineers deal with spills quickly and efficiently.
Quick! Tell me how Stratco has improved its sulfuric acid alkylation process in the last twenty years. Or design and specify a heat exchanger so it can put out to vendors for bid. Wait, you mean you don't know how to do that? Fortunately AIChE has you covered. AIChE has partnered with not only Knovel but also McGraw-Hill to provide its members access to their very extensive online library of technical books. It's AIChE’s eLibrary.
The DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just released a tsunami of useful data – but one tool can help wade through some of it. NREL's new interactive geospatial app allows anyone to easily and accurately map potential renewable energy resources throughout the United States directly from a Web browser.
IBM announced plans to give the National Institutes of Health a database of more than 2.4 million chemical compounds. NIH will add this information to PubChem, a freely available database of chemical structures of small organic molecules and information on their biological activities.
Variables Search is a very effective troubleshooting technique developed by Dorian Shainin, recipient of four major ASQ awards, and has several benefits compared to other experimental designs.
Forward osmosis offsets some of the high costs of reverse osmosis, but large-scale systems necessarily introduce one or more additional unit ops to recover the extracted water from the draw solution utilized. Young Kim of the Korea Institue of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) discussed her work on a forward osmosis pilot plant.
Dr. Subhas Sikdar, director of the Sustainable Technology Division at the National Risk Management Research Lab, shared insights and advice on quantifying sustainability metrics.
The volume and complexity of produced water (PW) generated in the oil and gas extraction industry provides a significant separations and treatment challenge. Because of its source, PW is contaminated with hydrocarbons and inorganic leachates from the rock strata where the well is drilled. Bruce Bishop of Veolia Water presented the results of ceramic membrane systems trials in different process environments.
The equipment and capital scope of an ultraviolet (UV) disinfection systems seems so much more substantial than a simple chemical feed and contact arrangement. If a Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) is performed, however, and other less-obvious sustainability factors are considered, the choice is no longer so cut and dried.
Katie Guerra, P.E., of the Bureau of Reclamation reported on her efforts to put to the test the common assumptions that ceramic micro- and ultrafiltration systems, though more robust and forgiving, have such a high capital cost that polymeric membrane systems provide a lower total operating cost advantage.
Aquaporin is a protein found in cell membranes has unique properties of water transport. Efforts are underway at the National University of Singapore to better understand these proteins, and how to incorporate them into engineered structures.
Work is underway at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to accomplish an extensive evaluation of both solid and liquid phase CO2 adsorption materials and systems.
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.
The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will hold a meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2011, in Minneapolis, MN, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. New participants are welcome!
Scientists have successfully flown the world's first 3D printed plane. Created entirely with printing technology, the plane went from design to completion in one week. Thanks to its novel manufacturing process, it has no fasteners and even its moving parts were printed all at once.
Logging too much time on your iPad playing Angry Birds? How about a truly productive app? Browse the human genome on your iPad. Twelve years ago the complete genome wasn't even accessible. Now you can hold the work of Celera Corporation, government universities, and research centers from around the world in your hands. Isn't this is the way technology is supposed to work, making life simpler and more productive at the same time? Take your iPad to the lab guilt-free and share it with colleagues.
Dr. Benny Freeman of the University of Texas at Austin presented some promising results of his team’s efforts to coat membrane surfaces with materials that greatly reduce fouling rates, and also allow for more effective cleaning when necessary.
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