CEP: March 2019

Process Intensification (PI) is the application of novel process design, technologies, and equipment to substantially increase yield, reduce energy consumption and waste generation, and lower capital and operating costs. This special section underscores how PI-enabled technologies and new tools are already impacting manufacturing. Other topics in this issue include continuous catalyst replacement economics and risk-based process safety.

Editorial

Getting Creative with My Writing

Recently, a colleague asked me when I started doing creative writing. That startled me a bit, because I don't think of CEP as a repository of creative writing. Accuracy, clarity, and conciseness take precedence over all else. Then he clarified that he was referring to my editorials. And that made me realize that these are very much an expression of my creativity. So, to get you in the mood for April being National Poetry Month, I decided to go all-out creativity-wise...

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Process Instensification in Practice

March
2019
Special Section
William J. Grieco
A paradigm shift is underway in the process industries. For over 100 years, these industries have maintained that processes were most efficiently treated as a series of standardized unit operations, and that cost-effective scale-up occurred by...

RAPID’s Quest for Intensification

March
2019
Special Section
Nidhi Sharma
These and other RAPID-funded ventures could transform industry by making chemical processes cleaner, smaller, safer, and more energy-efficient.

Introduction to Dividing-Wall Columns

March
2019
Special Section
Manish Bhargava, Anju Patil Sharma
A dividing wall can be added within a distillation column to improve separation efficiency of three or more products.

A Building Block Approach to Process Intensification

March
2019
Special Section
M. M. Faruque Hasan, S. Emre Demirel, Jianping Li
This new approach represents chemical processes as abstract blocks arranged in a two-dimensional grid. Mathematical-programming-based optimization can identify the best design for intensification at the equipment and flowsheet levels.

Risk-Based Process Safety

March
2019
Back To Basics
B. Karthikeyan
What happens when organizations don’t follow risk-based process safety guidelines?
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