Chemical Engineering Practice

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.

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...

Basic Emergency Relief System Design

Face-to-Face 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...

Optimize Fan Performance

January
2019
Back To Basics
Vern Martin, P.Eng., Donovan Martin, P.Eng.
A fan upgrade can be a win-win. Understand the basics of fan operation to achieve better fan performance and reduce energy consumption.

New Products: January 2019

January
2019
New Products
Materials and Chemicals Filament Enables Implant Printing This polyether ether ketone (PEEK) filament is based on VESTAKEEP i4 G, a highly viscous implant-grade material. It can be used in fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and enables...

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.

Functional Contradictions: Insights into Process Improvement

December
2018
Process Development
Peter Hanik, P.E.
Process intensifications are a critical part of process development in the chemical process industries (CPI). In addition to traditional approaches, identifying and resolving contradictions can bring about new and valuable process improvements.

New Products: December 2018

December
2018
New Products
Fluids and Solids Handling Media Extends Filter Lifespan in Medium- to High-Volume Operations The vertical cartridge filter (VCF) removes dust from medium to large volumes of air. An easy-to-use cartridge clamp system simplifies filter media...

Patent Update: The Long-Term Consequences of Not Paying Maintenance Fees

December
2018
Patent Update
M. Henry Heines
Maintenance fees must be paid to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to keep a patent in force. If the invention covered by the patent is not in use at the time a maintenance fee becomes due or if the patent owner is short of funds, the...

Moving to Mars

November 5, 2018

Headlines boast liquid water, potential for life, and successful unmanned missions, but manned travel to Mars will require an enormous amount of work—and many chemical engineers.

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...

Heat Exchanger Design and Operations

Face-to-Face Course
This course is ideal for chemical and mechanical engineers who are engaged in plant operations, technical services, and project design; or with...

November 2018 CEP Preview

This issue, essentials of job hazard analysis, a special section on energy-efficient manufacturing, including a 10-step process for energy analysis, and much more.

Crystallization Operations

Face-to-Face Course
A practical overview of the basics of crystallization and precipitation and how to apply the fundamentals of crystal growth and nucleation to...

October 2018 CEP Preview

October 18, 2018

This issue, learn how to give a great presentation, look at top chemE's predictions for the future of the profession, delve into deep learning, and much more.

1987 Celanese Pampa Butane Vapor Cloud Explosion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
On Saturday November 14, 1987, the presenter personally witnessed a catastrophic vapor cloud explosion at the Celanese Chemicals facility in Pampa,...

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...

Consider Wet Scrubbers for Pollution Control

October
2018
Environmental Management
Gregory D. MacLeod, P.E.
Three main types of wet scrubbers are used in the chemical process industries (CPI) to remove contaminants from gas streams. The differences and suggested applications for each are discussed here.

Implement Advanced Process Control

October
2018
Back To Basics
Keith A. Lehman
An advanced process control (APC) application is only as good as its weakest link. Ensure its stability from the ground up by building a solid foundation.

Improve Regeneration of Adsorbent Beds

October
2018
Reactions and Separations
Tom Lessard, P.E., Sarah Skillern
Evaluating adsorbent bed process design and regeneration procedures can provide opportunities for optimization, ultimately reducing operating costs and emissions.

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: September 2018

September
2018
New Products
Heat Transfer Cooling Tower Packing Reduces Harmful Bacterial Growth SaniPacking fills and drift eliminators for wet cooling towers prevent the growth of bacteria, including Legionella pneumophilia , as well as Pseudomonas aeruginosa , the most...

Patent Update: Prior Commercial Use Can Affect Patentability

September
2018
Patent Update
M. Henry Heines
Inventors sometimes decide to apply for a patent after the invention has been shown to have commercial value. However, an early commercial use by the patent applicant, rather than a competitor, can be detrimental to a later-filed patent. The case of...

Modeling Techniques in Excel

eLearning (online) Course
Develop the deeper knowledge of spreadsheets, especially Excel, which you need to improve your financial and evaluation modeling and analysis. This...

New Products: August 2018

August
2018
New Products
PUMPS Screw Pumps Reduce Contamination The Varodry oil-free, air-cooled screw pumps are easy to install and operate, and with few components, they require minimal maintenance. They operate with minimal noise and emission-free venting. Because they...

A Shortcut to Determine Optimal Steam Pipe Diameter

August
2018
Heat Transfer
Srbislav Genić, Branislav Jaćimović
Existing models for calculating pipeline diameter are complicated and provide inconsistent and, therefore, unreliable outputs. This model simplifies the calculations to optimize the pipeline diameter and reduce overall plant cost.

Essentials of Steam Turbine Design and Analysis

August
2018
Back To Basics
Jimmy D. Kumana
Effective design, analysis, and integration of steam turbines can help optimize steam supply reliability and overall energy efficiency across your plant.

July 2018 CEP Preview

July 20, 2018

This month: revisiting the O'Connell correlation, commonly overlooked codes and standards for piping, tips for team motivation, and much more.

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