Chemical Engineering Practice

Project Changes in Gas Monetization: Pitfalls or Success

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Looking at potential Gas Monetization projects can be a daunting task. What can make them more daunting is the prospect of changes in the development...

Mole Sieve Steam Deactivation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
At the Dow Fort Saskatchewan hydrocarbons plant, the cracked gas dryers are critical to remove moisture from the cracked gas stream in order to meet...

Choosing HIPS over PRV - It's More Than Risk Reduction

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
The use of the term “High Integrity Protective System” or HIPS has changed from 2000 when this author won the...

Model Predictive Control on a Vacuum Column

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
In the petroleum industry, process automation plays a significant role in achieving product quality and production goals. Modern automatic control...

Jurisdictional Boundaries in Midstream - Where Is the Line?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
Midstream Operations are familiar with the applicability of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials (PHMSA) regulation of the Department of...

Adsorbents for Trace Sulfur Removal for Gas Processing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
Honeywell UOP provides a full range of solutions for natural gas conditioning including the use of adsorbents for trace contaminant removal. Trace...

The Process Plant Safety Symposium - Past, Present, and Future

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
A number of major process incidents during the 1980s led OSHA to promulgate the Process Safety Management Regulation in 1992. Those incidents and the...

Introduction to Deep Learning: Part 1

June
2018
On The Horizon
Amit Gupta
Although deep learning, a branch of artificial intelligence, has become prominent only recently, it is based on concepts that are familiar to chemical engineers. This article describes artificial neural networks — the algorithms that enable deep learning.

New Products: June 2018

June
2018
New Products
Valves Durable Butterfly Valve Is Available in a Variety of Materials The Type-57P butterfly valve incorporates a full-seat and spherical-disc design that eliminates gaskets and prevents overtightening of the seat. Dual O-rings extend the life of...

Patent Update: When Patent Enforcement Becomes Explotation

June
2018
Patent Update
M. Henry Heines
Patents are intended to promote and reward advances in technology, but they can also be a nuisance to both startups and established companies if the patent owner uses the threat of burdensome litigation to coerce companies into paying licensing fees.

Evaluate Project Success

June
2018
Plant Operations
Nat D. Schatz
Traditional methods of determining project success take into account only whether the project met its budget and schedule. A more meaningful assessment evaluates the impact of the project on the organization.

FTIR: A Flexible Tool for Industrial Gas Analysis

June
2018
Instrumentation
Nenne Nordström, Jim Cornish
Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy identifies and quantifies gas and vapor samples. This article outlines how FTIR analyzers work and how they are commonly used in field applications.

May 2018 CEP Preview

May 18, 2018

This month, brush up on the essentials of continuous evaporation, learn new uses for hydrofoil impellers, enjoy the special section on translational medicine, and more.

Students Explore Particle Technology

May 15, 2018

Solids handling and processing is very important in the chemical processing industries. Students learned the basics of this field at the World Congress on Particle Technology.

Consider Hydrofoil Impellers for Laminar-Flow Mixing

May
2018
Fluids and Solids Handling
Gregory Benz
Hydrofoil impellers are typically associated with turbulent-flow mixing. Simple calculations, computational fluid dynamics, mixing software, and laboratory testing reveal that they are also effective in laminar-flow applications.

Integrated Process Synthesis

Face-to-Face Course
As a chemical engineer, before you can make proposed process alterations you must consider the potential investment return. Yet, typically this...

Crystallization Process Development

eLearning (online) Course
An in-depth overview of what theories, methods and techniques should be on the radar of every engineer involved in crystallization processes and...

Distillation in Practice

Face-to-Face Course
Learn essential distillation techniques and developments and how to apply them to solve difficult distillation problems.

New Products: May 2018

May
2018
New Products
Plant Operations and Maintenance Display Screen Improves Industrial Performance The Simatic IPC377E basic panel PC offers a platform specifically developed to optimize cost for PC-based applications in industrial environments. It has an antiglare,...
A typical facility for the electrolytic production of aluminum

Electrochemical Engineering

Archived Webinar
Apr 25, 2018
Are you involved in the design and/or operation of electrochemical devices? This webinar is for you. In 60 minutes, you’ll gain a basic understanding of the hardware, operation and architecture of an...
Simulation of a mixer equipped with three impellers. The velocity profile is shown using streamlines, arrows, and slice plots.

Mixer Simulations, Modeling Nonideal Reactors and Mixers

Archived Webinar
Apr 4, 2018
Continuous stirred tank reactors, batch reactors, and mixers are frequently used in the consumer product, food, pharmaceutical, and fine chemical industries. Processes using these devices usually...

Designing Hoppers, Bins, and Silos for Reliable Flow

April
2018
Fluids and Solids Handling
Greg Mehos, Mike Eggleston, Shawn Grenier, Christopher Malanga, Grishma Shrestha, Tristan Trautman
Follow a guided approach to measure solids properties, choose bin shapes, and calculate hopper angles and outlet sizes for effective storage and use.

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.

New Products: April 2018

April
2018
New Products
Filtration and Separations Dust Filter Meets Sanitary Standards The Hygienic Round Top Removal (HRT) filter is a pulse-jet filter designed for dust collection in low-capacity pneumatic conveying systems. The unit has a top-hinged dome and uses snap-...

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.

Editorial: Our Cybersecurity Wake-Up Call

April
2018
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
A Google search for “cybersecurity wake-up call” turns up more than 2 million hits; adding “industrial controls systems” narrows the search to a bit under 300,000 hits. So I hesitated when I wrote that headline, because I don’t want to come across...

Profile: Keeping Pace with the Changing Landscape of Automation

April
2018
Profile
Reflecting on a career in the oil industry that has spanned more than four decades, Steve Elwart, the Director of Systems Engineering at Ergon Refining, finds that many of the positive changes in industry have occurred on the human side of...

Technical Entity Trends: A Water Roadmap for Chemical Engineers

April
2018
Technical Entity Trends
Michelle Bryner
Water is one of the most important resources in the chemical process industries (CPI) — presenting both opportunities as well as compliance obligations. It is involved in a broad range of operations, including separations, product recovery,...

Best Practices for Pilot Plant Layout

April
2018
Process Development
Richard Palluzi
Follow these recommendations to ensure your pilot plant has sufficient space to achieve your research and development goals.

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