Plant Operations

August 2017 CEP Preview

August 21, 2017
Meet the 35 ChemEs honored in the AIChE 35 Under 35, brush up on adsorption, learn about condition monitoring, and much more.

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...

Emissions Testing of Pressure Assisted Flare Burners

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2015
The flare system for a new US Gulf Coast propylene production unit will be a multipoint ground flare utilizing pressure assisted burners. The...

Flare Regulatory Trends and Impact on Ethylene Manufacture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2015
Global attention on improving oil and gas, refinery, petrochemical, and related industrial flaring practices continues its forward advance intimately...

Advanced Control of Wild Loads to or from Multiple Units

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Advanced Control of Wild Loads to or from Multiple Units Darwin Logerot , ProSys, Inc., Houston, TX In many situations in refineries and chemical...

Bhopal 30 Years Later

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
On the early morning of December 3rd 1984 a large release of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas occurred in a pesticide production plant located in Bhopal,...

Cangrejera Learnings

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Process safety management systems should be in place to ensure repeatability in operations. A good system consists of higher level procedures that...

Regulators Versus Control Valves: What's the Best Fit?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
This session will review the selection criteria for consideration of pressure regulators vs. control valves for uses on various applications to...

Hybrid Models of Distillation Towers for Plant Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Real time optimization of plant operations started in 1980s and expanded rapidly during 1990s and early 2000s. Such applications have brought...

Mitigating Variable TDS Levels in Wastewater Biotreatment

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Wastewaters characterized by elevated Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) levels and high organic content are produced by food, petroleum, and petrochemical...

Analysis of the Capabilities of Cybersecurity Defenses

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
The threats to our critical infrastructure continue to evolve. As new cyberattacks are created and discovered, it is incumbent upon us to evaluate...

Optimization Methodology of Bog Rate for the LNG Carriers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
A new propulsion system, such as Dual Fuel Diesel Engine (DFDE), has replaced the conventional steam propulsion system. Even though Main Engine Gas...

Integrating Wastewater Reuse with Seawater Desalination

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Freshwater shortages are forcing industrial customers to rethink water supply options. Industrial facilities located near oceans or saline aquifers...

Steam Cracking Furnace Pre-Commissioning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
In order to bring a steam cracking furnace from construction completion to beneficial operation, suitable pre-commissioning and commissioning...

Cracking Furnace Line Flushing Pre-Commissioning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
The abundance of low cost shale gas has led to numerous projects in North America to expand existing or construct new ethylene production units. Most...

Case Study on SMALL-Scale LNG Facility Expansion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
With the influx of natural gas production throughout the United States, the small-scale LNG market is growing at a rapid pace. One option to take...

Guidelines for Dynamic Modeling of Column Startup

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Advances in computing speed continue to enable dynamic modeling of ever increasing complexity. This includes simulation of non-routine conditions...

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...

Ten Commandments of Risk Based Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF PROCESS SAFETY Thou shall honor thy container Thou shall always maintain a sense of vulnerability Thou shall eliminate...

Automation Solutions for Processing Tight Oil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Opportunity crudes from shale are more readily available in North America with incentives on cost. However, these typically lighter crude oils don't...

Steam Control in Elevated Steam Assisted Flares

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Steam assisted flares are commonly used in the petrochemical industry. Over-steaming of these flares can be a cause of incomplete combustion. But,...

Cost Effective Control of Red Oil in Caustic Tower Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Cost Effective Control of Red Oil in Caustic Tower Systems Authors: Kyle David Mankin Global Marketing Manager- Petrochemicals P. N Ramaswamy ,...

Advanced Aromatics Recovery Technology with AED-BTX Process

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
For over forty years, the petrochemical industry has used Liquid-Liquid Extraction (LLE) for the Aromatics Recovery. Even though Extractive...

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...

The Four Pillars of Industrial Energy Efficiency

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
Opportunities to improve plant performance and thus enhance energy efficiency across the CPI fall into four main categories: operational improvements...

Integrated LNG and NGL Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
Cryogenic NGL extraction plants from natural gas offer an attractive opportunity for LNG production as a side stream. Cold gas is tapped from the...

Steam Load Shedding System Design Using Dynamic Simulation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
In a refinery, steam utility is one of the most important utilities, which can be used at different temperature ranges. Proper handling of the...

Brayton Refrigeration Cycle for Small Scale LNG Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
Liquefying natural gas is an industrial process of great importance with the current worldwide production capacity of about 300 million tonnes per...

Challenge of Mitsubishi Chemical's Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
Mitsubishi Chemical has been working to improve process safety by implementing safety review (SR) activities.The aim of the SR activity is to improve...

Refrigeration Compressor Recycle Quench Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
Many olefins plant refrigeration compressors use a spray quench of liquid refrigerant to cool the hot recycle gas stream. Typically, the recycle flow...

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...

Furnace Stories

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 5, 2012
The cracking furnace is the heart of the ethylene plant, consuming the most energy, adding the most value and with the potential to cause the most...

Modeling of Ground Flare Pits

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
New LNG liquefaction facilities have been configured to include large ground flares to allow for the safe combustion of large volumes of combustible...

Safety Management System Challenges for Small Companies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Ester Brawley, Steve Maher “Unique Challenges Facing Small Companies Developing and Implementing PSM” Small Companies that are subject to PSM face...

Amine Treating: A Technology Review and Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Removal of H 2 S and CO 2 from gas streams and liquid hydrocarbon streams is important in many industrial processes. Solutions of aqueous amines have...

Relief Design for Laboratories and Pilot Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Relief evaluation and system design for laboratories and pilot plants presents unique challenges to the relief designer. Relief devices designed for...

Using Alarms As a Layer of Protection

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Alarms and operator response are one of the first layers of protection in preventing a plant upset from escalating into a hazardous event. This...

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