July 2019 CEP Preview

. by Cynthia Mascone

A look at commissioning smart technology equipment, an intro to vapor intrusion, cutting costs and emissions with combustion control, and more.

January 2019 CEP Preview

. by Cynthia Mascone

Determine the best catalyst replacement interval for fixed-bed reactors, boost fan performance and efficiency, meet the Caltech 6, and much more.

October 2018 CEP Preview

. by Cynthia Mascone

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.

June 2017 CEP Preview

. by Karen Simpson

This month, results of the biennial salary survey of chemical engineers, ways to improve spreadsheet productivity, cybersecurity tips, and more.

February 2017 CEP Preview

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This month, CEP looks at compressors for ethylene plants, data science for chemical engineers, risk-based calibration, and much more.

Middle East Process Engineering Conference 2013

. by Idell Bryan

“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.

Mastering 3D Plots in Excel

. by ChEnected Guest

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.

Looking Back: Oil Exploration Before Big Data

. by Kent Harrington

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.

BP Building New Houston Supercomputing Center

. by Kent Harrington

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.

Interview: Anjana Meel of Safer Systems on Handling Spills [On Location]

. by Martin Bergstedt

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.

Highlight a Benefit: AIChE eLibrary

. by Brian Daly

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.

Free Renewable Energy App and U.S. Renewable Energy Atlas

. by Kent Harrington

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.

Forward Osmosis Pilot Plant for Seawater Desalination

. by Martin Bergstedt

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.

Produced Water Treatment with Ceramic Membranes

. by Martin Bergstedt

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.

World's First 3D-Printed Plane Takes to the Skies

. by Douglas B. Clark

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.

The Entire Human Genome at Your Fingertips on an iPad Near You—Free

. by Kent Harrington

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.

Interpreting Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams

. by Robert Cook

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.

The Performance Appraisal System: Part 2 of Effective Employee Performance Management

. by Martin Bergstedt

A formal Performance Appraisal System is a necessity in a growing and successful business or organization. It demonstrates a consistency of understanding and formal communication of what is expected, what is applauded, and what is not acceptable. Everyone is on the same page, senior management, yourself, and the appraised employee.

The SBE Web-Lab Initiative

. by ChEnected Guest

Imagine the traditional laboratory setting in an undergraduate engineering class. Now imagine the ability to remotely operate and manipulate lab equipment housed miles away in a central facility.

Multiple schools, no matter their physical location, could have access to these web-based experiments and incorporate it into their curriculum.

The Performance Appraisal Process: Part 1 of Effective Employee Performance Management

. by Martin Bergstedt

Performance management efforts can be likened to a good maintenance program for your car. If you neglect it, you can continue to motor along…for a time. However, you may find that when you need to “step on the gas” you don’t have enough speed to pass your competitors. So, how do you manage your teams’ performance to make sure that they are “firing on all cylinders?”

Interpreting Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams-Symbology

. by Robert Cook

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.

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