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Process Intensification

(1) Process Intensification: From Fundamentals to Practice, Part 1 — The Domains of Process Intensification

by Andrzej Stankiewicz, Delft Univ. of Technology

Successful process intensification (PI) relies on four guiding principles: maximize the effectiveness of intra- and...

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The Competency Conundrum

People with the greatest amount of confidence in their abilities are typically the worst performers. In psychology, this finding is called the “Dunning-Kruger Effect.”...

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Hot Vapor Bypass Systems

Pressure control is the most important parameter that is used in distillation optimization. Engineers realize that there are three important parameters in distillation optimization: temperature, pressure, and composition. When two of these are controlled, the other parameter is fixed. When...

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Visual Cues into Ethylene Service Fouling

Fouling is an ongoing issue in an ethylene plant. During an outage, dirty equipment may be taken out of service for cleaning as needed and deposit samples taken for chemical identification. Often, the chemical identity is already suspected; poly butadiene in the top of the debutanizer or...

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