Calculating the Capacity of Chemical Plants


Production capacity is a vital statistic for describing the performance of a chemical plant, but there is no universally accepted definition or means to evaluate it. This article provides a comprehensive definition of capacity and details the options for deriving it.


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Russell A. Ogle

Dr. Russell Ogle is a Principal Engineer in Exponent’s Thermal Sciences practice. Dr. Ogle applies his expertise as a chemical engineer to the scientific investigation and prevention of accidents, with particular emphasis on fires, explosions, and chemical releases. He has provided hazard and risk analysis services to the chemical, petroleum, natural gas, pharmaceutical, and environmental industries. He is especially interested in the relationship between equipment design, automation, and human error. He received his B.S in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in...Read more

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