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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.

Implement an Effective Corrosion Mitigation Program

April
2018
Plant Operations
Tim Olsen
As opportunity crude usage increases, unexpected corrosion has become a major issue in piping and process units. Corrosion monitoring is a crucial part of maintaining the operational integrity of a refinery.

AIChE Journal Highlight: Rethinking Chemical Reactor Design

April
2018
Journal Highlight
Chemical reactors have traditionally been designed to take advantage of economies of scale, which dictates that material costs typically decrease on a per-volume basis as the reactor is scaled up. In the April AIChE Journal Perspective article, “...

Safely Unload and Convey Combustible Dusts

April
2018
Safety
Abhi Bhargava
Dust explosions are a major hazard of unloading and conveying operations. Protect your facility from explosions with venting panels, flameless venting systems, and chemical suppression systems.

Conceptualization of Solids Processing Flow Sheets

Archived Webinar
Mar 14, 2018
Struggling with the process of constructing a solids processing-intensive flow sheet? Take this webinar. In 60 minutes, look at how each step in the construction of a flow sheet is made more difficult by the interplay between the various process unit operations and product requirements. Explore...

Meet Process Engineer Mirza Ahmad

March 28, 2018

Welcome to the third in a series of AIChE blog posts profiling process engineers, a diverse group of professionals spanning multiple industries and regions.

Meet Process Engineer Robert Nunley

January 8, 2018

Welcome to the first in a series of AIChE blog posts profiling process engineers, a diverse group of professionals spanning multiple industries and regions.

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.

March 2018 CEP Preview

March 13, 2018

This issue delves into process intensification, modularization in chemical processing, and takes a look at characterizing adsorbents for gas separations—plus much more.

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.

New Products: March 2018

March
2018
New Products
Instrumentation Adjustable Weights Simplify Balance Testing The standard line of adjustable cavity test weights simplifies routine balance testing in production environments. The weight cavity includes a threaded aperture that can be adjusted with a...

Meet Process Engineer Mike Ulowetz

March 2, 2018

Welcome to the second in a series of AIChE blog posts profiling process engineers, a diverse group of professionals spanning multiple industries and regions.

Patent Update: Your Invention: Patent Worthy or Merely Inherent?

March
2018
Patent Update
M. Henry Heines
Many composition-based inventions stem from the discovery of useful but previously unknown properties of the composition. When such a composition is patented, infringers are often tempted to dismiss the patent as merely claiming inherent...

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.

Fluid Mixing Technology for Operators

eLearning (online) Course
Are you ready to expand your knowledge of mixing theories and improve your performance and results? This course is for you.

Distillation in Practice

eLearning (online) Course
Learn essential distillation concepts including vapor liquid equilibrium, start-up and troubleshooting, and other best practices with this online...

New Products: February 2018

February
2018
New Products
Heat Transfer Condensing Boiler Has a Flexible Design for Easy Field Access The Free Flex condensing boiler has a 95% thermal efficiency and a weld-free construction. The heat exchanger can be easily accessed in the field for cleaning. The boiler is...

February 2018 CEP Preview

February 15, 2018
Learn how to optimize pilot plant testing for liquid-liquid extractions, analyze the performance of pump networks, get an update on the chemical industry in Hungary, and much more.

Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Solids

eLearning (online) Course
Learn design and troubleshooting strategies that result in trouble-free flow. This online course addresses challenges like wear, attrition, rate...

Cash Flow Principles for Chemical Engineers

eLearning (online) Course
Projects can fail or succeed based on cash flow. Yet many chemical engineers don’t truly understand cash flow or its role in project evaluation. In...

Combine Dimensional Analysis with Educated Guessing

February
2018
Computational Methods
Cedric J. Gommes, Tristan Gilet
Use dimensional analysis and educated guessing to simplify experimentation and simulation, gain physical insight from empirical relationships, and extrapolate data.

Distillation Technology for Operators

eLearning (online) Course
Gain an understanding of the theory of successful distillation practices. In addition, learn about what actually happens in a column with this online...

SAChE® 证书课程–氮在过程安全的作用

eLearning (online) Course
这门SAChE安全证书课程重点讲化学工业中的基本物质-氮气。因为是惰性气体,氮气在化工生产、加工、处理和运输等各个方面有着广泛的应用。氮封使可燃物的安全储存和使用成为可能,还有助于防止可燃粉尘爆炸。但是,它也是一个明显的窒息性气体,在其处理和使用中必须应用安全原则。

Pilot Plant Testing for Liquid-Liquid Extraction

February
2018
Reactions and Separations
Donald Glatz, Brendan Cross, Thomas D. Lightfoot, P.E.
When designing a liquid-liquid extraction column, pilot plant testing generates the data necessary for accurate scaleup to the production rate. This article describes how to optimize pilot plant testing.

Applied Statistics - Exploratory Data Analysis

Archived Webinar
Jan 10, 2018
Using statistics without understanding the data? Learn why and how to do exploratory data analysis first. In 60 minutes, you’ll learn how to understand the one-dimensional data by doing exploratory data analysis before you conduct statistical calculations. You’ll review a toolbox of techniques for...

Modeling Packed Bed Reactors

Archived Webinar
Oct 19, 2017
Do you work with investigations of packed bed reactors? Are you still modeling using the traditional approach of semi-analytical approximations? Learn why and how to model in the COMSOL software. In this 60-minute COMSOL-sponsored webinar, review the basic operation of a packed bed reactor and how...
Two-phase flow mixture model of a liquid-liquid extraction column

Studying Multiphase Flow and Liquid-Liquid Extraction in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Archived Webinar
Apr 13, 2017
Tune into this webinar to learn how to use two-phase flow models for studying liquid-liquid extraction processes and phenomena in COMSOL Multiphysics®. Liquid-liquid extraction is a separation method that is often used in the chemical, food, and cosmetics industries. The principle is to extract...
Simulation app for modeling a tank reactor equipped with three impellers. The plot shows the eddy diffusivity and the streamlines of the flow field.

Chemical Reaction Engineering Modeling and Simulation in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Archived Webinar
Jul 7, 2016
Are you working with the modeling and simulation of re-acting systems? Explore a more cost-effective and efficient way to understand their design and operation. In this 60-minute, COMSOL-sponsored webinar, you’ll gain an overview of how COMSOL Multiphysics® is used in the modeling and simulation of...

Modeling of Turbulent and Laminar Reacting Flows

Archived Webinar
May 26, 2016
Are you involved in reaction flow modeling? Do you wonder if simulation may be helpful in your work? Get the answer here. In 60 minutes, this COMSOL-sponsored webinar delves into the simulation of reacting flows. You’ll learn how reacting flow and fluid dynamics may heavily influence the residence...

Optimizing Heat Transfer Fluid Performance Through System Design

Archived Webinar
Mar 9, 2016
Avoid the costly consequences that can occur when careful consideration is not given to heat transfer fluid performance during the design process. In this Eastman Chemical Company sponsored webinar, you’ll learn the essentials of high temperature liquid phase heat transfer system design and how to...

Real-Time Data and Process Simulator Integration

Archived Webinar
Feb 10, 2016
Start solving operational problems differently using tools you already have in your facility. In this Radix Engineering and Software sponsored webinar, you’ll explore the why and how of integrating real-time data acquisition and historian systems with process simulators. You’ll consider how there...

Optimizing Adsorption Process Design and Operation

Archived Webinar
Oct 29, 2014
This webinar describes new model-based approaches that allow the rapid and accurate design and operational analysis of complex adsorption cycles. Periodic adsorption processes, such as PSA or TSA, are widely used in industry as energy-efficient alternatives to cryogenic or absorptive separation...

Process Safety Data Management Best Practices

Archived Webinar
Oct 8, 2014
Presenters share best practices on how to tackle PSM IT projects including the development of functional requirements and “To Be” workflows, along with supporting management systems. This PSM IT webinar gives an overview of the new DuPont Sustainable Solutions PSM Data Management Solution

Selected Pressure Relief Systems Heuristics

Archived Webinar
Aug 27, 2014
In this webinar, you learn heuristics for a few common overpressure scenarios including blocked pump outlet, low-pressure vent piping losses, fire relief, and more. Estimating relief loads for pressure relieving systems is usually straight-forward with clear guidelines provided in company standards...

Modeling Non-Ideal Reactors and Mixers

Archived Webinar
May 7, 2014
This webinar discusses methods for defining and solving detailed models, calibrating simpler models to these detailed models, and simulating a process line using process flowsheet models. It also shows how COMSOL can be used for analyzing and solving such models.

Chemical Process Economic Evaluations

eLearning (online) Course
Make crisper, more comprehensive decisions about proposed and ongoing projects in your portfolio with this online course. This course will prepare...

Recovering Hydrogen — and Profits — from Hydrogen-Rich Offgas

January
2018
Reactions and Separations
Joanna Benson, Andrew Celin
As demand for industrial-grade hydrogen increases, more facilities are recovering H2 from offgas and selling it. Several recovery technologies are available, each with its own strengths and limitations.

Basics of the Chemical Industry

eLearning (online) Course
The chemical industry value chain is complex. In this online course, you’ll gain a high-level review of the manufacture and markets for roughly 70...

New Products: January 2018

January
2018
New Products
Instrumentation Frequency-to-Analog Converter Allows Programming from Smartphones The FAC-R frequency-to-analog converter changes incoming sensor frequency to both current and analog voltage output. It interfaces with frequency output sensors and...

Announcing A Community of Process Engineers

January 26, 2018

We're looking for process engineers across all industries to join a community dedicated to them. Sign up now to have online discussions or share your profile.

New Products: April 2017

April
2017
New Products
Software Software Simulates Plant Environment for Operator Training OmegaLand V3.1 dynamic simulation environment enables the construction of virtual plant models that can be used to train operators and study and verify new processes. The platform...

Particle Technology

eLearning (online) Course
Difficulties in handling or processing powders are often overlooked and can result in production stoppages. Gain a practical introduction to particle...

An Introduction to Process Instrumentation and Control

Archived Webinar
Oct 4, 2017
Don’t let lack of education or experience in process instrumentation/control hold you back. Take this quick introductory webinar. In 60 minutes, you’ll gain an easy-to-understand introduction to the key elements and functionality of process control systems and instrumentation. You’ll examine...

Mixing and Reaction without Stirred Tanks: Part 2

Archived Webinar
May 31, 2017
Are you working with mixing and reaction processes in stirred tanks? It may be time to switch to pipelines. This is the second part of a two-part webinar series. Click here to also register for Part 1. In this webinar series, you’ll examine how to achieve several mixing and reaction processes in...

Fundamentals of Laminar Mixing and Applications

Archived Webinar
May 17, 2017
Do you know how to characterize a mixing system for power and blend time? Determine the best geometry for required mixing conditions or product specifications? Tune into this webinar. Join this webinar to update your skills while reviewing the fundamentals of laminar mixing and applications. In 60...

Mixing and Reaction without Stirred Tanks: Part 1

Archived Webinar
Apr 26, 2017
Are you working with mixing and reaction processes in stirred tanks? It may be time to switch to pipelines. This is the first part of a two-part webinar series. Click here to register for Part 2. This two-part webinar series examines how to achieve in pipelines several mixing and reaction processes...

Flare Emissions Regulatory Update

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 30, 2017
ABSTRACT “Flare Emissions Regulatory Update” by Kevin Leary, John Zink Hamworthy Combustion Several new regulations have been recently published by...

Overview of Current and Future Environmental Challenges

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 30, 2017
EPA has recently made several changes to air regulatory programs that impact the ethylene industry and is contemplating several more. These actions...
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