CEP: December 2013

This month's cover story on flame arresters presents information to help you determine what type of device is appropriate for your application. Other topics include process development and Switzerland's chemicals and pharmaceutical industries. Also read about the latest developments in nanotechnology, materials, and biotechnology.


Lightbulbs in the Shower

Metaphoric lightbulbs, that is — ideas. Many of my best ideas have come to me in the shower. So, I did some reading about creativity that shed a bit of “light” on why this is the case.

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Protect Your Process with the Proper Flame Arresters

Michael Davies, Thomas Heidermann
A flame arrester may be installed to keep an external flame out of a tank or vessel or to ensure that a flame burning within a pipeline does not propagate to other equipment. Use the information presented here to determine what type of device is appropriate for your application.

Follow this Process Development Path

Reactions and Separations
Paul Szabo
Bench-scale engineering (BSE) and the interdisciplinary no-transfer team (INTT) are valuable complements to the scale-down-before-scale-up method of process development.

Switzerland: The Success of Its Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Industries

Global Outlook
Konrad Hungerbühler, Stavros Papadokonstantakis, Marcel Sennhauser
The strong international presence of Switzerland’s chemicals industries — characterized by a major export market and substantial investment in its companies abroad — has helped to make the Swiss chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries among the world’s most successful.
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