Computing and Systems Engineering

Excel VBA Programming for Chemical Engineers

Public (classroom) Course
Get up-to-date on proven design and troubleshooting principles for handling bulk solids in bins, hoppers, chutes and feeders for safe and trouble-...

Modeling of LNG Spills Into Trenches and Troughs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 5, 2012
Trenches and troughs are commonly used in LNG storage and transfer facilities to contain potential LNG spills. The trenches are concrete-lined...

Practical Process Integration Retrofit Part 5. Software Needs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Practical Process Integration Retrofit Part 5. Software Needs G.T.Polley In this final paper in our series on process integration retrofit we look at...

On-Line Energy Management System - Round 2

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
In 2008-9 Equistar implemented an on-line, open-loop utility optimizer at one of our world scale olefin sites. We call this our energy management...

Eliminating Difficult Start Ups with State Based Controls

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Some processes are just difficult to start up. Every year, significant production is lost due to start up delays, product quality issues after...

Flare Minimization Via Dynamic Simulation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 15, 2011
Flaring in chemical process industry (CPI) is an important method to protect equipment and personnel safety during the process upset and the chemical...

Introduction and Session Objectives

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 8, 2010
This session will examine how modeling can be used for discovery and innovation, high fidelity prediction and as a substitute for physical experiment...

Introduction and Objectives of the Session

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 8, 2010
This session will examine plant, company and industry roles in energy, sustainability, environment, EH&S and economic performance across several...

Unit Operations for Smart Nanomanufacturing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 8, 2010
There is a chasm between promising nanotechnological advances in the laboratory and commercial manufacturing. Many techniques have been developed to...

Improve Your Spreadsheet Productivity with VBA

June
2017
Computational Methods
David E. Clough
Excel includes a programming language that can improve your productivity, as well as the reliability of your spreadsheets. Simple programs in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) can have a big impact on your work for little effort.

June 2017 CEP Preview

June 12, 2017
This month, results of the biennial salary survey of chemical engineers, ways to improve spreadsheet productivity, cybersecurity tips, and more.

Dynamic Analysis of Feed Gas Control in LNG Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
In an inlet facility of a natural gas plant, the feed gas or mixture of gas and condensate are received by means of high pressure pipelines. The...

Sponsored Webinar: 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...

Sponsored Webinar: 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...
User interface for an app for modeling turbulent reacting flow in a water treatment reactor. The basin is designed to avoid short circuiting streams and for enhancing mixing within each compartment in the basin.

Modeling of Laminar and Turbulent Reacting Flows

Archived Webinar
Sep 29, 2015
This presentation focuses on the simulation of reacting flows. Reacting flow and fluid dynamics may heavily influence the residence time distribution of chemical species and the reaction distribution in a non-ideal reactor or reacting system. In this webinar, we will show how multiphysics modeling...

Sponsored Webinar: 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...

Assessing Sustainability with Metrics and Methods

Archived Webinar
Sep 3, 2014
This presentation is about making an attempt to apply sustainability principles to engineering processes and products. Sustainability has been accepted as an organizing principle in most engineering disciplines. Industry and academia have also embraced the idea. Yet it is generally felt that not...

Advances in Mathematical Programming Models for Enterprise-wide Optimization

Archived Webinar
Apr 26, 2012
Enterprise-wide optimization (EWO) has become a major goal in the process industries due to the increasing pressures for remaining competitive in the global marketplace. EWO involves optimizing the operations of supply, manufacturing and distribution activities of a company to reduce costs,...

February 2017 CEP Preview

February 14, 2017
This month, CEP looks at compressors for ethylene plants, data science for chemical engineers, risk-based calibration, and much more.

Data Science for Chemical Engineers

February
2017
On The Horizon
David Beck, Jim Pfaendtner, James Carothers, Venkat Subramanian
Chemical engineers need data science tools to take advantage of the increasing amount of data available to them. Data storage, analysis, and visualization will play more important roles in the discipline.

Excel Tips for Chemical Engineers in 2017

December 23, 2016
Over the last few years, one of our most popular series has been Excelling With Excel , which takes a look at some incredibly useful Excel tips for chemical engineers. Given the...

March 2015 CEP Preview

March 9, 2015
This month CEP features a look at lignocellulosic biofuels, from various production processes to what's needed to scale up bioenergy operations.

Shell's Prelude FLNG Completes Major Construction

January 22, 2016
Shell has sent out a video update as its revolutionary Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project winds up major construction in Samsung’s Geoje shipyard in South Korea...

March 2016 CEP Preview

March 16, 2016
This month, CEP looks at big data analytics in a special section, as well as covering PID for process engineers and aerobic fermenter optimization.

Advances in Asset Health Monitoring and Predictive Analytics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
Big data is a hot topic in many commercial and industrial applications, and it also applies to the operation of refineries and petrochemical plants...

Automation Solutions for Processing Light Tight (Shale) Oil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Opportunity crudes from shale are more readily available in North America with incentives on cost. However, these typically lighter crude oils don’t...

Equations for Flammability Parameters, Pmax and KG

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
The maximum pressure of gas combustion, P max , and the deflagration index, K G ,are very important flammability parameters that are used for risk...

Linking SPYRO Rigorous Stream Cracking Model

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 2, 2013
Furnace simulations are currently used in all layers of process control from planning and scheduling down to the APC layer. However in the DCS...

Nonlinear APC Solution for Polypropylene Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Abstract A Nonlinear Model Predictive Control Solution has been implemented on the two Polypropylene Lines at Saudi Polyolefins Company (TASNEE)...

A Systematic Approach to Relief System Evaluation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Managing the lifecycle of relief and flare systems data is complex and fraught with challenges and risks, whether the work is performed internally or...

Use Spreadsheets for ChE Problem-Solving

August
2016
Back To Basics
David E. Clough
This article will help you improve your Excel spreadsheet skills and will provide you with tools to solve common chemical engineering problems.

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