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Cell Free Systems Conference

December 4-6, 2019
The Cell Free Systems Conference will focus on understanding, harnessing and expanding the capabilities of biological systems without living intact cells. Abstract Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019 Submit an Abstract Registration Info Conference Flyer

Join RAPID@Annual!

November 10, 2019

RAPID members are cordially invited to attend AIChE’s 2019 Annual meeting in Orlando, FL. RAPID will be hosting a number of events and PI Topical Conference sessions - click here to view the full schedule.

2019 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 10-15, 2019
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

The Process Safety Case for Automation Cybersecurity

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 2:00pm EDT
This 60-minute webinar will provide the necessary foundation for understanding and mitigating cybersecurity risk to improve safety and security in a meaningful way.

August 2019 CEP Preview

August 15, 2019

This month the future of hydrogen, a look at advances in distillation, uses for dynamic simulations, and much more.

Meet Process Engineer Anthony Actis

August 13, 2019

Anthony discusses his work as a process engineer in the water industry, professional hurdles, and the importance of his work.

Fouling and Foaming in a Caustic Tower

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2019
The Caustic Tower in an ethylene plant is subject to fouling and foaming. Both can cause significant operational issues for the operator. Fouling is...

Olefins Plant Cracked Gas Compressor Fouling Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2019
Olefins plant cracked gas compressors frequently foul, resulting in loss of efficiency that increases energy consumption, and may threaten...

Jetty Bog Recovery

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2019
Jetty BOG Recovery Yoshitsugi Kikkawa, Kikkawa Giken, Yokohama Japan, yoshikikkawa@yahoo.co.jp David Hill...

Finding Unknown Anomalies before They Risk Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2019
Four out of every five oil historical refinery accidents resulted from unexpected, unknown process and mechanical anomalies rather than known,...

Compressor Surge Modeling and Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2019
Axial and centrifugal compressor control is exceptionally challenging due to the extraordinary speed and severity of problems and the extreme...

The 8 Rules for Successful Controls Implementations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2019
A project team for an overseas grassroots LNG plant struggled for months attempting to develop a comprehensive series of control schemes for a vital...

Induced Draft Fan Reliability Case Study

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Induced draft fans are normally installed on top of the furnace and are critical equipment in the operation of Ethylene furnaces as they are...

Shortcut Modeling of Natural Gas Supersonic Separation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Supersonic separation is a novel technology for natural gas separation. The theoretical design uniquely combines concepts from aerodynamics,...

Transferline Exchanger Internal Diameter Tube Inspection

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Transfer Line Exchangers (TLE’s) are a critical part of an ethylene producing unit. Similar to a high temperature, high pressure...

Tutorial on Adsorption Unit Troubleshooting

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
The cracked gas driers are a reliable unit operation in the ethylene plant. Because issues with adsorption units are rare, the process engineer may...

Decoke Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
When a cracking furnace reaches its end of run (EOR) condition, an online steam/air decoke will be conducted to gain back the performance of the...

Digital Plant: The Convergence of Process and Operational

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
“Refiners are poised to adopt new technologies at a faster pace after years of incremental progress; this effort could save the...

Transforming Abundant Data into Improved Process Reliability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Today, processing facilities are beginning to effectively utilize the abundance of process and asset health data and information as part of an...

High Cycle Fatigue in Steam Turbines

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2019
Review the impact of high cycle fatigue for steam turbine blades especially in high stress areas Discuss the presence of inclusions, especially those...

Distillation Technology: What’s Next?

August
2019
Back To Basics
José L. Bravo
Distillation is often described as a mature technology that is well understood and established, no longer requiring funding or attention from research and development. This thinking is flawed, as distillation has come a long way in the past three decades and has even more room to grow.

Editorial: Let’s Talk Separations

August
2019
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Our editorial calendar told me that this issue’s Back to Basics article would cover distillation, but I didn’t know specifically what Liz Pavone, who handles that department, had planned until I got her edited article: “Distillation Technology: What...

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