Process Design & Development

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.

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...

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...

October 2016 CEP Preview

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

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...

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...

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.

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,...

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...

Balancing Act - Simple Techniques for Steam Header Controls

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
An industrial steam distribution system with multiple headers, turbines, boilers, and reducing valves is managed with header control strategies that...

Exploiting Hydrogen Plant to Improve Refinery Margins

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
In addressing the global drive for cleaner transport fuels against increasing proportion of heavier and sourer crudes, refiners are faced with the...

Water / Wastewater Optimization Methods for Industrial Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Efficient management of water and wastewater systems in large industrial complexes is important for minimizing costs and optimizing natural resources...

Successful Sulfur Unit Startups

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
As the environmental importance of Sulfur Recovery Units increases, so too does the importance of smooth and successful SRU startups. This paper will...

Is Your Operation Prepared for Economic Recovery?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Proposed Title ” Is Your Operation prepared for Economic Recovery?” The world economy has been depressed for several years. During that time, changes...

Scientific Design's Integrated Ethanol to EO/ EG Process

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 9, 2014
There has been a renewed interest lately in non-petroleum derived feed stocks for many chemical processes. Among the fermentation-derived feed stocks...

Streamlining Crystallization Process Design

January
2004
Fluids and Solids Handling
Christianto  Wibowo, Lionel O'Young, Ka M. Ng
Use phase diagrams to develop reliable crystallization processes quickly and cost effectively.

Understanding Crystallization and Crystallizers

October
2006
Fluids and Solids Handling
Lionel O'Young, Ketan D. Samant
Gain qualitative insight into the basic mechanisms of crystallization, the principles of crystallizer operation, and the ways in which these concepts relate to the selection and application of the various crystallizer configurations in industrial...

Designing Multistage Agitated Reactors

January
2014
Reactions and Separations
Gregory Benz
This article bridges the gap between theory and practice for the design of continuous-flow mechanically agitated reactors, with a focus on mechanical and hydraulic issues.

Design Reactors via CFD

December
2001
Reactions and Separations
Ahmad H. Haidari, Andre Bakker, Elizabeth M. Marshall
Using computational fluid dynamics to design commercial-size batch and continuous reactors can eliminate subjective experience and empiricism, leading to better-designed, more-efficient units.

Piloting Bioreactors for Agitation Scale-Up

February
2008
Reactions and Separations
Gregory T. Benz
This article offers guidance on how to design appropriate experiments to measure scalable data for agitation in both aerobic and anaerobic bioreactors.

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