Equipment

Preflash Options for Light Tight Oil Processing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
As light tight oil continues to increase in availability, refiners are challenged with how best to process this unique type of crude oil. With a much...

Robotic Convection Bank Cleaning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Ethylene cracking heaters like other box fired heaters in the refining and petrochemical industry represent a significant investment in a plant...

Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis: Where We Are and Where We May GO

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
The Germans followed a simple plan when they scaled up the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthesis to the commercial level. For the reactor, they set a simple...

Reliability: The Next Revolution in Process Manufacturing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
David Rosenthal, PE, CMRP is a Reliability Consultant representing his Reliability Strategy and Implementation Consultancy LLC firm. He previously...

Galvanic Corrosion Between Dissimilar Metals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 5, 2012
A Dow USGC cracker suffered a tube failure on a cracked gas compressor inner stage cooler after ten plus years of service. To further extend the...

Appropriate Placement of Compressors and Expanders

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
The term “Appropriate Placement” was introduced in Pinch Analysis during the 1980s to indicate how special unit operations should be correctly...

Platformer Debutanizer Revamp & Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Problem As part of Saudi Aramco Yanbu Refinery Excellence Program, We Identified the platforming high RVP issue as one of the most critical problem...

Root Cause Study of Debutanizer Column Operational Upsets

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
The NOVA Chemicals Debutanizer Column at the Corunna site experienced operational upsets. Gamma scans revealed that the column had flooded, and upon...

How to Structure a Basic Care Strategy for Rotating Equipment

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Do your operators and management know the real health of your machinery?. Do they depend too much on the alarm notification of the abnormal condition...

Installing a Charge Gas Compressor Booster

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The Braskem Ethylene Southeast Plant expansion study from 500 MTA to 700 MTA recommended that the charge gas compressor turbine and the 1 st and 2 nd...

Re-Rating Ethylene Plant Equipment for Optimum Results

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Rerating of turbomachinery equipment installed in ethylene plants is a well established method of improving plant operation, whether it is capacity...

Operations Management Panel Discussion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The intent of this session is to present and develop a framework for management of rotating equipment within the plant. The papers and panel...

Dynamic Simulation of Demethanizer and Chilling Train System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The chilling train system is an important part of ethylene plant which is usually combined with demethanizer and a series of flash drums to separate...

Useful Tips for Optimal Fired Heater Performance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Advanced Process Control Strategies for Process Fired Heaters Fired Heaters are used extensively throughout refineries for heating, vaporization and...

Consider Modular Plant Design

May
2017
Process Development
Sulogna Roy, P.Eng.
Modular plants offer many benefits over a conventional stick-built facility. Read about the pros and cons of the modular approach to help you decide if it makes sense for your project.

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...

New Products: June 2017

June
2017
New Products
Fluids and Solids Handling Bulk Bag Filler Is Equipped with a Pallet Dispenser This bulk bag filler automatically places an empty pallet under a bulk bag prior to filling. Between 14 and 16 pallets can be loaded into the pallet dispenser. The filler...

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.

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...

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...

Distillation Trays as Mechanical Equipment

Archived Webinar
Dec 14, 2016
Further your understanding of the mechanics of vapor-liquid handling on the tray, how trays are laid out and installed, and how this knowledge helps to avoid common problems.

Process Spray Applications and Spray Science

Archived Webinar
May 13, 2015
This presentation is about achieving improved spray performance by better integrating the operational requirements, key fluid properties, and spray nozzle capabilities. Sprays are crucial to the process performance of many chemical, biochemical and petrochemical processes. The technology is often...

Solid/Liquid Separation: Fundamentals and Applications

Archived Webinar
Jan 15, 2014
This webinar outlines a strategy for process owners and support personnel to guide design and insure tight integration of process properties and objectives with solid-liquid separation technologies.

Mixing and Blending of Solids

Archived Webinar
Oct 30, 2013
This webinar provides an introduction to both the fundamentals of mixing processes and how to assess mixture quality and examine the qualities of industrial powder mixing equipment.

Pressure Relief Valve Sizing Equations Basis

Archived Webinar
Mar 14, 2012
Engineers responsible for the sizing of pressure relief valves, will get a more in-depth understanding of the mathematical basis for the sizing equations.

Mechanical Reliability

Archived Webinar
Oct 27, 2011
Dave is a reliability and maintenance leader with over 30 years of chemical and process industry experience. His keynote address is on Mechanical Reliability.

Centrifugal Compressors in Ethylene Plants

February
2017
Back To Basics
Shane Harvey, P.Eng.
Centrifugal compressors are used in ethylene plants for cracked-gas compression and refrigeration services. This article describes the basic design and operation of these compressors.

Interpreting Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams

January 27, 2011
Learning to read and interpret piping and instrumentation diagrams via dry text-based articles (unlike those produced by yours truly) can be painful. To make this critical topic a...

New Products: February 2017

February
2017
New Products
Environmental, Health, and Safety Respirator Lets You Focus on the Job Duraflow is a lightweight and ergonomic powered air respirator that incorporates real-time air-flow control technology. Assurance of respiratory protection means you can focus on...

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.

Excelling with Excel #3 – Macros

July 21, 2010
Macros. To many, this term is shrouded in mystery. Between the 'hard problem' of consciousness and talking cats, does this world really need another unsolved mystery? I don't...

Excelling with Excel #4 – Indirect References

July 28, 2010
Hi guys. It's Greg the orange cat again with a (very short) Microsoft Excel tip. Tip#4: Indirect References Much of Excel's usefulness comes from an ability to reference cells in...

Excelling with Excel #2 – Pivot Tables

July 8, 2010
When I say "pivot table", what comes to mind? For me, I think of cardboard boxes. However, if you're like most humans, you're probably drawing a blank right now. This is...

New Products: December 2016

December
2016
New Products
Product Focus: Pumps Multistage Pump Reduces Carbon Dioxide Emissions The Xylem e-HM line of multistage pumps features modular construction and horizontal orientation that is suitable for industrial washing and refrigeration, food and beverage,...

Video Tutorial: Intro to PID Controllers

December 29, 2016
One of the very latest screencasts from LearnChemE discusses the PID family of controllers, what they do, and how they work. The tutorial covers P-only, I-only, PI, D-only and PID...

From Big Data to Smart Manufacturing

December 5, 2012
In this week’s post about the new Golden Age of ChE and the role of computing, Phil Westmoreland writes about “From Big Data to Smart Manufacturing.”

Successful Delegation in Six Steps

September 21, 2010
The rewards of a successful delegation effort are three-fold: 1) More and/or more advanced tasks are accomplished by the employee; 2) Employee satisfaction increases as they...

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