CEP: March 2018

Process intensification aims to dramatically improve manufacturing processes through the application of novel process schemes and equipment. This month's special section provides an introduction to process intensification and discusses current industry trends and opportunities. Other topics in this issue include characterizing adsorbents for gas separation.

Editorial

Is the Safest Option Really the Best?

Although we generally avoid sports clichés and idioms in CEP, this month’s editorial is inspired by a confluence of sporting events. Super Bowl LII recently marked the end of the football season, the National Basketball Association just held its All-Star game, Major League Baseball teams are starting spring training, and National Hockey League clubs are making a late-season push to the Stanley Cup Playoffs...

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Characterizing Adsorbents for Gas Separations

March
2018
Reactions and Separations
Darren Broom
Pressure-swing adsorption (PSA) and temperature-swing adsorption (TSA) separate a specific gas species from a mixture of gases. This article explains how to evaluate the performance of an adsorbent for a given separation.

Process Intensification: Its Time is Now

March
2018
Special Section
Thomas Walsh
For more than 40 years, process intensification (PI) efforts in the U.S. have lagged behind those in other parts of the world. Europe has invested heavily in this research area, and both industry and academia have embraced advances in these technologies — particularly in the chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing areas, which have seen increases in productivity, energy efficiency, and sustainability. American manufacturing is now awakening from its long slumber and progress is on the horizon.

Realize the Potential of Process Intensification

March
2018
Special Section
James Bielenberg, Michelle Bryner
With a history that dates back to the 1970s, process intensification (PI) is not a new concept. Several developments have moved PI forward, but realizing PI’s full potential will require the concerted efforts of industry, academia, and government.

Modularization in Chemical Processing

March
2018
SBE Special Section
Michael Baldea, Thomas F. Edgar, Bill Stanley, Anton A. Kiss
Most high-margin growth opportunities lie in high-grade specialty chemicals. To realize these opportunities, manufacturers are looking to distributed modular production facilities. Process intensification could help to enable these new technologies.

Employ Static Mixers for Process Intensification

March
2018
Special Section
Kevin J. Myers, Eric E. Janz, Neil Cathie, Mark A. Jones
Static mixers can efficiently and effectively accomplish an increasing number of process objectives, expanding the opportunities to apply them for process intensification.

Process Intensification (Complete 27-Page Special Section)

March
2018
Special Section
Process Intensification: Its time is now; Realize the Potential of Process Intensification; Modularization in Chemical Processing; Employ Static Mixers for Process Intensification; Infographic: Process Intensification – A New Paradigm.
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