J Wayne Chastain | AIChE

J Wayne Chastain

Senior Chemical Engineer
Eastman Chemical Co

Professional Biography

Mr. Chastain is an Engineering Associate at the Kingsport, TN site of Eastman Chemical Company. Wayne has worked in various areas of process safety since starting work with Eastman Chemical in 1992. Mr. Chastain’s areas of expertise are in Process Hazards Analysis, risk management, layer of protection analysis, reactive chemical safety, dust hazards, safety instrumented systems and emergency relief.

Mr. Chastain is a senior member of AIChE and has served as the chair of the CCPS subcommittees for Guidelines for Independent Protection Layers and Initiating Events for LOPA and Guidelines for Enabling Conditions and Conditional Modifiers for LOPA, and served on the CCPS subcommittee for Guidelines for Probability of Ignition of Flammable Releases and Guidelines for Developing Quantitative Safety Risk Criteria. He has also served as a peer reviewer of other CCPS texts.  He has presented multiple papers at the annual Global Congress on Process Safety and served as a session co-chair at a GCPS symposium. He has conducted a CCPS webinar on Advances in Layer of Protection Analysis and has been invited to author the new section on Layer of Protection Analysis in the upcoming 9th edition of Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook. He has also conducted an American Chemistry Council webinar on Reactive Materials. He is the chair for the upcoming Design Institute for Emergency Relief Systems Symposium being held at the 2015 Global Congress for Process Safety and will begin serving as a director for AIChE’s Safety and Health Division starting in 2015.

In addition to various areas of process safety, Wayne’s career has included flowsheet development, equipment design, process improvement engineering, and plant start-up. Wayne holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Clemson University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Tennessee.

Position Statement:  DIERS Operating Committee - Finance Chair

DIERS continues to lead the chemical and petroleum industries in the development of the science of pressure relief systems. To support this effort, funding is required for ongoing research into the dynamics of pressure relief systems, two phase flow behavior, and reactive systems relief. As the Operating Committee and the membership of DIERS develop special projects to investigate these areas of research, the Finance Chair serving on the Operating Committee will be charged with leading the effort to secure the funding necessary. In addition, the Finance Chair is charged with preparing, monitoring, and maintaining the budget for the DIERS organization. 

As an employee of an operating company, I am in a good position to reach out to other operating companies which are likely to be a significant source of funding. I have an adequate background in the DIERS methodologies and research to allow me to effectively communicate the benefit of proposed research to potential backers. I have a good relationship with AIChE and CCPS leadership and will work with those organizations to attempt to secure funding from the professional organization or from governmental sources. I have a strong network of professional associates that I can draw on both within and outside of the DIERS community to assist in making contacts to support research activities.

The other duties of the Finance Chair include maintaining the budgets for the DIERS organization. The majority of the activities of the DIERS Users Group have been handled by the current chair of the organization, Harold Fisher, for a number of years. As we transition to a new operating structure, I will work with Mr. Fisher to assume the duties related to the budgeting process and successfully continue the organization of the budget for this group to maintain proper accounting for receipts and expenditures for all of the activities of DIERS.

In addition to fulfilling the specific duties of the Finance Chair, I will contribute significantly to the Operating Committee for DIERS. I have many years of experience working in the field of pressure relief design and bring both an understanding of the technology and an appreciation for its importance to the Operating Committee. However, I also bring an extensive background in many additional aspects of process safety and consideration of how pressure relief design can fit into the overall risk mitigation strategy. In addition, I am an advocate for a DIERS organization that is more open to the broader process safety community. I believe that DIERS has a tremendous amount to offer the chemical processing industry that can improve our safety, but a significant barrier has been a lack of communication and publicizing of technical advances within the DIERS organization. I intend to work with the other Operating Committee members to seek new ways of making the community aware of cutting edge improvements in DIERS technologies.