Process Design & Development

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 currently applying Process Intensification and Smart Manufacturing (SM) to several initiatives within...

How Big a Future Cracker Should You Consider?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
The plant capacity of ethylene plants has evolved over more than last six decades. Every time businesses have struggled with the same question - how...

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...

Versatile Cryogenic Nitrogen Rejection

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Nitrogen is considered as ballast in natural gas and other fuel gas streams. Thus, most of the pipeline gas specifications limit the nitrogen content...

Liquid Density By Eos

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Liquid Density by EOS Yoshitsugi Kikkawa, Kikkawa Giken, Yokohama Japan, yoshikikkawa@yahoo.co.jp David Hill Manager of Technical Support,...

The Integration of Inherently Safer Design and Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Abstract for 2017 AIChE Spring Meeting and 13th Global Congress on Process Safety March 26-30, 2017 San Antonio, TX Session Selection: Â Process...

Biojet Fuel Production from Ethanol and Isobutanol

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Biojet fuels production from renewable ethanol and isobutanol will significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry. In...

Optimization for Flare Operation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Abstract Flare operation is a challenging task since the flowrate, net heating value, composition of the vent gas and weather conditions vary...

Crystallization Process Development

eLearning (online) Course
An in-depth overview of what theories, methods and techniques should be on the radar of every engineer involved in crystallization processes and...

Integrated Process Synthesis

Public (classroom) Course
As a chemical engineer, before you can make proposed process alterations you must consider the potential investment return. Yet, typically this...

Basic Emergency Relief System Design

Public (classroom) Course
Preparing to use DIERS technology in your emergency relief system design - but not sure where to start? Attend this instructor-led, 3-day course for...

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 pressure relief systems. Also covered will be kinetic modeling and we will highlight some short-cuts.

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...

Sponsored Webinar: Selected Pressure Relief Systems Heuristics

Archived Webinar
Aug 27, 2014
In this webinar, you learn heuristics for a few common overpressure scenarios including blocked pump outlet, low-pressure vent piping losses, fire relief, and more. Estimating relief loads for pressure relieving systems is usually straight-forward with clear guidelines provided in company standards...

Processing Challenges with Tight Oil

Archived Webinar
Jun 4, 2014
This presentation provides insight into processing challenges with tight oil. Opportunity crudes from shale are more readily available in North America with incentives on cost. However, these typically lighter tight oil crudes don’t come without some processing challenges. Some of the challenges...

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.

Applying Lean Principles to Manufacturing and Design in Process Industries

Archived Webinar
Mar 2, 2011
Are you curious about how Lean Principles can be used in your work? This practical webinar begins with an introduction to the concept of Lean and its major principles. Next, examples of how these Lean Principles can help you reduce waste and ultimately increase profits at your plant and firm are...

Controlling Electrostatic Hazards Associated with Liquid and Powder Processing

Archived Webinar
Feb 23, 2011
Please note: The video of this webinar is flawed, but the audio is intact. A PDF of the slides is at the link below so you may listen to the speaker and follow along. Because of these problems, this recorded webinar is free to all. Electrostatic charge is normally generated whenever two materials (...

Deflagration Venting for Combustible Dusts - What You Need to Know

Archived Webinar
Jan 26, 2011
Deflagration venting is one of six possible explosion protection options for combustible dust handling equipment in NFPA 654. To use this option, you must reference back to NFPA 68 where the requirements for sizing vents are located. Understanding and following these requirements can be quite...

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.

Storage and Flow of Bulk Solids

Archived Webinar
May 12, 2010
This webinar addresses the fundamentals of the flow and storage of bulk solids, and clearly demonstrates the considerable science behind the design and use of storage vessels for solids.

Chemical Product Design

Archived Webinar
Sep 9, 2009
This webinar will be of particular benefit to industrial practitioners involved in the design of chemical products and processes, and faculty at universities who teach courses and carry out research in product and/or process design.

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.

Books: December 2016

December
2016
Books
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Margot Lee Shetterly, William Morrow, New York, NY, $27.99, 368 pages, Sept. 2016, ISBN: 978-0-062-36359-6 During the labor...

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...

October 2016 CEP Preview

October 11, 2016
This month's cover feature focuses on investigating process incidents as a means of preventing future incidents.

May 2016 CEP Preview

May 13, 2016
This month, the CEP cover story takes a look at the advantages of fixed valves, while Back to Basics column gives smart tips for a successful energy assessment.

AIChE Journal Highlight: Tribute to Founders: Roger Sargent

September
2016
Journal Highlight
Widely recognized as the intellectual leader, father, and pioneer of process systems engineering, Roger Sargent has played a role in shaping the chemical engineering discipline. A tribute to Sargent in the September issue of the AIChE Journal...

Video Tutorial: Intro to Cascade Control

July 14, 2016
Wondering when cascade control is best used? Learn about its advantages and understand when cascade control presents disadvantages. This video tutorial will also look at the block...

Video Tutorial: Basics of BFDs, PFDs, and PIDs

January 18, 2016
Confused about the differences between block flow diagrams (BFDs), process flow diagrams (PFDs), and piping and instrumentation diagrams (PIDs)? Then this tutorial is for you. And...

Massive Porter Ranch Gas Leak a Cautionary Tale

February 12, 2016
Months of chaos, fear, and the smell of rotten eggs came to an end at Porter Ranch in Los Angeles on Thursday, once crews digging a relief well finally pierced the deep,...

Video Tutorial: PFD Pump and Compressor Symbols

March 29, 2016
If you've ever confused a compressor for a turbine or expander while creating or reading a process flow diagram, then this post is for you. This short video tutorial from the...

A New Era in on-Purpose Butadiene (OPBD) Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
Butadiene is produced almost entirely as a byproduct of ethylene plants. As ethylene plants switch from naphtha feedstock to cheaper ethane, the...

Monetizing US Natural Gas

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
Over the last several years Bechtel has experienced a dramatic increase in project opportunities that will convert low-cost, abundant North American...

A FT-GTL Technology for Small-Scale Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Abstract Stranded gas wells are reserves of natural gas (NG) that have been discovered but deemed unusable due to physical or economic reasons owing...

The Path to New Technology Commercialization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
For process developers, the commercialization of new process technology in the Hydrocarbon Processing Industries (HPI) is a difficult and almost...

Assessing Thermal Stability - the Challenge of Powders

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
Assessing the thermal stability of process materials and mixtures is an essential step in understanding the process safety profile of a process. Many...

Recent Development in Natural Gas Liquefaction Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
The LNG industry is an ever-changing industry where we face new challenges and solve new problems every day. The shale gas boom, the search of off-...

Moving Forward as On-Line Analyzers Improve

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
Online analyzers and sensors offer significant improvements to processes. They greatly enhance process control helping to insure consistent product...

Clean and "Dirty" Tar Reforming of Biomass Gasification Gas

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
A prerequisite for the establishment of an efficient biomass-to-chemicals production or CHP applications utilizing engines is a good thermodynamic...

Condensate Stabilization: How to Get the Most for Your Money

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Condensate stabilization is one of the common process units in the gas processing world. The principle considerations affecting the performance of...

Heat Integration and Relief Systems Design

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Heat integration is a commonly skipped aspect of process design when evaluating a process’ relief systems design. A failure to evaluate the heat...

Setting the Revamp Basis: What Is Current Operation?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
A revamp aims to modify a plant to meet some new combination of capacity, feed, product, safety or regulatory requirements. The starting point on any...

Constructability Issues for FLNG

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Constructability issues shall be reviewed and incorporated in the Project Development Plan and Design of the FLNG. This paper addresses important...

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