Plant Operations

July 2019 CEP Preview

July 9, 2019

A look at commissioning smart technology equipment, an intro to vapor intrusion, cutting costs and emissions with combustion control, and more.

Reducing Energy Costs and Emissions with Combustion Control

July
2019
Plant Operations
Julie Valentine
Combustion in fired heaters and boilers is typically based on either volumetric flow control or pressure control of the fuel gas feeding the burner. Using mass flow control could help lower energy costs and emissions.

Gayle Gibson: Featured LGBTQ ChemE Professional

May 16, 2018

A Texas A&M graduate and newly retired engineer, Gayle discusses working in various areas at DuPont, including engineering design, plant improvement, and manufacturing as well as her experiences as an LGBTQ professional.

Meet Process Engineer Delia Contreras

September 7, 2018

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

Meet Process Engineer Denis Fallon

June 21, 2018

Want to know more about process engineering? Hear about this process engineer's career and profit from his insights on finding success in industry.

Meet Process Engineer Monica Wilson

April 20, 2018

Monica Wilson discusses what led her to the career choice of process engineer and talks about her work at Union Carbide and AkzoNobel.

Challenges and Opportunities in Big Data

Archived Webinar
Aug 8, 2018
Big Data promises opportunities for diagnostic, prognostics and decision making. But with it comes challenges that first must be resolved.
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...

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...

Pressure Relief System Design of Reactive Systems

Archived Webinar
Oct 14, 2015
This webinar covers the basics of pressure relief system sizing for reactive systems; review of the operating procedure, adiabatic calorimeter test design, how to apply data generated to design the...

European Efforts in Process Intensification

Archived Webinar
Aug 19, 2015
European Union (EU) efforts to develop Process Intensification (PI) for the chemical industry have been more focused and organized than US efforts. The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is...

The Dow Chemical Story

Archived Webinar
Jun 25, 2015
Dow Chemical was founded in 1897 by Herbert Henry Dow. Learn about the history of this chemical giant as it grows and merges into the top company it remains more than 100 years later, and hear some...

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,...

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.

Explosion Protection with In-Line Flame Arresters

Archived Webinar
Feb 29, 2012
This seminar educates participants on explosion protection concepts regarding in-line flame arresters. It begins by demonstrating flame arrester function with short video sequences. From there, it...

Introduction to Pinch Analysis

Archived Webinar
Apr 27, 2011
This webinar introduces the basic principles and tools of pinch analysis and shows how they can be applied in real-world applications.

Process Troubleshooting

Archived Webinar
Oct 6, 2010
Professor Woods acts as a coach, guiding you through a process that matches your unique style. His goal is to help you recognize and polish your current approach to solving trouble shooting problems.

Inherently Safer - The Designs of the Future?

Archived Webinar
Jun 23, 2010
An inherently safer design is one that avoids hazards instead of controlling them, particularly by removing or reducing the amount of hazardous material or the number of hazardous operations.

Piping and Instrumentation Drawings

Archived Webinar
Jul 22, 2009
Piping & Instrumentation Drawings (P&IDs) are important communication tools for engineers. To be effective in the workplace, you must be able to read and interpret them. To facilitate your...

Process Flow Diagrams

Archived Webinar
Jul 15, 2009
The webinar will benefit those inside and outside the process engineering community who need familiarity with PFDs as communication tools.

NFPA Codes and their Relevance to Chemical Processes

Archived Webinar
Jun 3, 2009
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has several hundred codes and standards in print designed to increase fire protection and life safety across a wide range of occupancy classifications...

Control Column Pressure via Hot-Vapor Bypass

February
2015
Back To Basics
Daryl Hanson, Henry Z. Kister
Hot-vapor bypass employs a flooded condenser located at ground level to control distillation tower pressure. It offers capital cost savings, but can be tricky to implement. This article offers guidance on designing and troubleshooting a hot-vapor bypass system.

Avoiding Static Ignition Hazards in Chemical Operations

September, 1999
Written by Laurence Britton, who has over 20 years' experience in the fields of static ignition and process fire and explosion hazards research, this resource addresses an area not extensively covered in process safety standards or literature: understanding and reducing potential hazards associated...

December 2018 CEP Preview

December 12, 2018

This month CEP looks at pharmaceutical manufacturing trends in addition to articles on electric heat tracing systems, process intensification, distillation tower inspections, and much more.

New Products: November 2018

November
2018
New Products
Bioprocessing Sensor Performs Real-Time Cell Monitoring CITSens MeMo is an electrochemical, enzyme-based sensor that allows continuous online, in situ measurement of glucose and lactate. It is designed for use in cell culture media as well as in...

New Products: October 2018

October
2018
New Products
Materials and Chemicals Acrylates Are Suitable for Food Packaging Applications Designed for use in indirect food contact applications, these four low-migration (LM) acrylate monomers and oligomers comply with Swiss Ordinance, Nestlé Guidance Notes...

September 2018 CEP Preview

September 18, 2018

This month, a guide to distillation tower inspections, a close look at epigenetics, challenges for rare earth elements and other specialty metals, and much more.

New Products: July 2018

July
2018
New Products
Software Detection Algorithm Improves Data Analysis LabSolutions Insight software for liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography analysis uses i-PeakFinder, an advanced peak-detection algorithm with high-precision automated...

June 2018 CEP Preview

June 18, 2018

This month, CEP looks at the neural networks of deep learning and delves into Fourier transform infrared (FITR) spectroscopy, plus much more.

Tune Your PID Loops Please!

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
“Who looks after PID tuning at your site?” This is a question I often ask many professionals. The answers vary...

Functional Safety Practices for Operations & Maintenance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
Operation and maintenance teams bear a heavy responsibility to assure that the Safety Instrumented System (SIS) integrity and reliability is...

How to Sell the Value of Digitalization with MPC

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
Often engineers struggle with selling the value of their ideas on solving problems. This can be compounded when the solution involves new digital...

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...

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...

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.

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,...

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.

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...

Dust Explosion Hazards: Housekeeping Quantified

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
DUST-EXPLOSION HAZARDS: HOUSEKEEPING QUANTIFIED Richard W. Prugh, PE, CSP Principal Process Safety Engineer Chilworth Technology, Inc., a Dekra...

The Role of APC in Industry 4.0

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
The process industry is undergoing a significant transformation that will change the way plants are controlled, operated and maintained. This...

New Guidelines for Managing Asset (Mechanical) Integrity

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Ensuring the initial and ongoing integrity of process equipment, including instrumentation and safety systems, has become known as asset integrity...

Beyond Being Proactively Reactive

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
In the last 20 years, Industry has made great strides in utilizing tools to manage the day-to-day business of equipment failure in order to minimize...

“Getting More Out of Your PHAs with Data Analytics”

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) studies are required to identify process and operations risks for process plants. PHAs enable management and...

Acetylene Hydrogenation Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
Acetylene Hydrogenation Tutorial Author: Edgar Mohundro – Acetylene hydrogenation is a very important step in most olefins plant operations...

Hydrates in Ethylene Plant Cold Section

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
Ethylene plants are at risk of hydrate formation due to the very nature of the process: wet hot section followed by high-pressure, cryogenic...

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