Process Safety Faculty Workshop At AIChE Annual Meeting

The Ease of Process Safety Integration Industrially Relevant Problems Integrated across the Curriculum
Saturday, October 27-28, 2018, 8:00am CDT

Every graduating chemical engineer will practice process safety, making training at the undergraduate level imperative. The challenge is that the chemical engineering curriculum at universities is full, potentially disallowing the addition of a separate engineering science or design class. Therefore, integration of industrially-relevant topics across the exisitng curriculum is an alternative.

This workshop teaches chemical engineering professors how to incorporate process safety into their existing curriculum and the importance of process safety education for undergraduates. 

This faculty workshop consists of 2 parts:

  • Part 1: Covestro Site Tour - Saturday, Oct 27, 2018, Covestro will host a site tour for attendees to experience process safety in their R&D and Pilot site
    • Shuttle bus will pick up attendees at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 1PM 
  • Part 2: One day in class workshop - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018. In class workshop will be led by Dr. Dan Crowl and Colin Howat
    • Class will start at 8AM and Ends at 5PM at the Westin Convention Center, in Room Somerset West 

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Registration Information & Criteria:

  • Your registration includes a facility tour (Sat, Oct 27, 2018) and the 1 day in class workshop (Sunday, Oct 28, 2018)
    • Sat, Oct 27, 2018 - Covestro site tour 1PM - 4PM 
    • Sun, Oct 28, 2018 - in-class workshop 8AM - 5PM
  • Registration fee: $50
  • Open to Faculty Only
  • Please complete the Wufoo form to initiate registration 

Each​ attendee will receive:

Workshop Agenda

The focus of this workshop is to demonstrate and practice course-relevant problems which introduce process safety concepts with little to no extra time.  Process Safety Education Outcomes will be briefly discussed.  Then, example problems designed to address those outcomes will be discussed and practiced.  Problems will be suitable for Material & Energy Balances through Capstone Design.  The foundation of the problems is an industrially-relevant reaction-based process.  This process has flammability, toxicity, reactivity, pressure and temperature challenges.  The outcome is the participant will learn through example how to successfully modify a problem to include process safety considerations.

It is important to recognize that we are teaching how to tweak problems to address process safety hazard identification, operational and equipment failure examples, safeguards, layers of protection and risk assessment concepts.  We are teaching how to slightly modify a problem to include process safety.  We are not teaching process safety in this workshop.  We will cover the following topics in the workshop:

  • Purpose of Workshop 
  • Howat/Crowl Undergraduate Strawman Process Safety Outcomes 
  • Method to Tweak Standard Problems 
  • MEB - MSDS, Toxicity, Flammability, Inerting
  • MEB – Process Simulation Analysis of Inerting 
  • Classical Thermodynamics - Isochoric Cooling 
  • Classical Thermodynamics – Process Simulation of the Isochoric Cooling 
  • Kinetics and Reactor Design - Chemical Reactivity, Runaway Reaction 
  • Unit Operations Laboratory Experiment Preparation - JSA 
  • Kinetics and Reactor Design – Process Simulation Reactor Runaway 
  • Phase Equilibria Thermodynamics – Process Simulation Auto refrigeration and Kinetic Impact 
  • Mass Transfer – Operational Failure of Liquid-Liquid Extraction
  • Process Safety Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment - Acid Mixing to for Bagels
  • Summary of Method 

Learn more about the Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative

Dr. Daniel A. Crowl

Dr. Daniel A. Crowl is currently an AICHE / CCPS Staff Consultant and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah.Read more

Colin Howat

Colin S. ‘Chip’ Howat is the principal associate of C. S. Howat & Associates (HowatRisk.com), the consulting firm he established in 1979.Read more