Chemical Engineering Practice

Integrated Process Synthesis

Face-to-Face Course
As a chemical engineer, before you can make proposed process alterations you must consider the potential investment return. Yet, typically this...

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...

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,...

Distillation in Practice

Face-to-Face Course
Learn essential distillation techniques and developments and how to apply them to solve difficult distillation problems.

Consider Hydrofoil Impellers for Laminar-Flow Mixing

May
2018
Fluids and Solids Handling
Gregory Benz
Hydrofoil impellers are typically associated with turbulent-flow mixing. Simple calculations, computational fluid dynamics, mixing software, and laboratory testing reveal that they are also effective in laminar-flow applications.

Process Intensification (Complete 27-Page Special Section)

March
2018
Special Section
Process Intensification: Its time is now; Realize the Potential of Process Intensification; Modularization in Chemical Processing; Employ Static Mixers for Process Intensification; Infographic: Process Intensification – A New Paradigm.

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.

AIChE Journal Highlight: Rethinking Chemical Reactor Design

April
2018
Journal Highlight
Chemical reactors have traditionally been designed to take advantage of economies of scale, which dictates that material costs typically decrease on a per-volume basis as the reactor is scaled up. In the April AIChE Journal Perspective article, “...

Safely Unload and Convey Combustible Dusts

April
2018
Safety
Abhi Bhargava
Dust explosions are a major hazard of unloading and conveying operations. Protect your facility from explosions with venting panels, flameless venting systems, and chemical suppression systems.

New Products: April 2018

April
2018
New Products
Filtration and Separations Dust Filter Meets Sanitary Standards The Hygienic Round Top Removal (HRT) filter is a pulse-jet filter designed for dust collection in low-capacity pneumatic conveying systems. The unit has a top-hinged dome and uses snap-...

Employ Static Mixers for Process Intensification

March
2018
Special Section
Kevin J. Myers, Eric E. Janz, Neil Cathie, Mark A. Jones
Static mixers can efficiently and effectively accomplish an increasing number of process objectives, expanding the opportunities to apply them for process intensification.

Editorial: Our Cybersecurity Wake-Up Call

April
2018
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
A Google search for “cybersecurity wake-up call” turns up more than 2 million hits; adding “industrial controls systems” narrows the search to a bit under 300,000 hits. So I hesitated when I wrote that headline, because I don’t want to come across...

Profile: Keeping Pace with the Changing Landscape of Automation

April
2018
Profile
Reflecting on a career in the oil industry that has spanned more than four decades, Steve Elwart, the Director of Systems Engineering at Ergon Refining, finds that many of the positive changes in industry have occurred on the human side of...

Technical Entity Trends: A Water Roadmap for Chemical Engineers

April
2018
Technical Entity Trends
Michelle Bryner
Water is one of the most important resources in the chemical process industries (CPI) — presenting both opportunities as well as compliance obligations. It is involved in a broad range of operations, including separations, product recovery,...

Best Practices for Pilot Plant Layout

April
2018
Process Development
Richard Palluzi
Follow these recommendations to ensure your pilot plant has sufficient space to achieve your research and development goals.

Designing Hoppers, Bins, and Silos for Reliable Flow

April
2018
Fluids and Solids Handling
Greg Mehos, Mike Eggleston, Shawn Grenier, Christopher Malanga, Grishma Shrestha, Tristan Trautman
Follow a guided approach to measure solids properties, choose bin shapes, and calculate hopper angles and outlet sizes for effective storage and use.

March 2018 CEP Preview

March 13, 2018

This issue delves into process intensification, modularization in chemical processing, and takes a look at characterizing adsorbents for gas separations—plus much more.

Patent Update: Your Invention: Patent Worthy or Merely Inherent?

March
2018
Patent Update
M. Henry Heines
Many composition-based inventions stem from the discovery of useful but previously unknown properties of the composition. When such a composition is patented, infringers are often tempted to dismiss the patent as merely claiming inherent...

Characterizing Adsorbents for Gas Separations

March
2018
Reactions and Separations
Darren Broom
Pressure-swing adsorption (PSA) and temperature-swing adsorption (TSA) separate a specific gas species from a mixture of gases. This article explains how to evaluate the performance of an adsorbent for a given separation.

Modularization in Chemical Processing

March
2018
SBE Special Section
Michael Baldea, Thomas F. Edgar, Bill Stanley, Anton A. Kiss
Most high-margin growth opportunities lie in high-grade specialty chemicals. To realize these opportunities, manufacturers are looking to distributed modular production facilities. Process intensification could help to enable these new technologies.

Process Intensification: Its Time is Now

March
2018
Special Section
Thomas Walsh
For more than 40 years, process intensification (PI) efforts in the U.S. have lagged behind those in other parts of the world. Europe has invested heavily in this research area, and both industry and academia have embraced advances in these technologies — particularly in the chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing areas, which have seen increases in productivity, energy efficiency, and sustainability. American manufacturing is now awakening from its long slumber and progress is on the horizon.

Realize the Potential of Process Intensification

March
2018
Special Section
James Bielenberg, Michelle Bryner
With a history that dates back to the 1970s, process intensification (PI) is not a new concept. Several developments have moved PI forward, but realizing PI’s full potential will require the concerted efforts of industry, academia, and government.

New Products: March 2018

March
2018
New Products
Instrumentation Adjustable Weights Simplify Balance Testing The standard line of adjustable cavity test weights simplifies routine balance testing in production environments. The weight cavity includes a threaded aperture that can be adjusted with a...

February 2018 CEP Preview

February 15, 2018

Learn how to optimize pilot plant testing for liquid-liquid extractions, analyze the performance of pump networks, get an update on the chemical industry in Hungary, and much more.

Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Solids

eLearning (online) Course
Learn design and troubleshooting strategies that result in trouble-free flow. This online course addresses challenges like wear, attrition, rate...

SAChE® 证书课程–氮在过程安全的作用

eLearning (online) Course
这门SAChE安全证书课程重点讲化学工业中的基本物质-氮气。因为是惰性气体,氮气在化工生产、加工、处理和运输等各个方面有着广泛的应用。氮封使可燃物的安全储存和使用成为可能,还有助于防止可燃粉尘爆炸。但是,它也是一个明显的窒息性气体,在其处理和使用中必须应用安全原则。

Pilot Plant Testing for Liquid-Liquid Extraction

February
2018
Reactions and Separations
Donald Glatz, Brendan Cross, Thomas D. Lightfoot, P.E.
When designing a liquid-liquid extraction column, pilot plant testing generates the data necessary for accurate scaleup to the production rate. This article describes how to optimize pilot plant testing.

New Products: February 2018

February
2018
New Products
Heat Transfer Condensing Boiler Has a Flexible Design for Easy Field Access The Free Flex condensing boiler has a 95% thermal efficiency and a weld-free construction. The heat exchanger can be easily accessed in the field for cleaning. The boiler is...

Fluid Mixing Technology for Operators

eLearning (online) Course
Are you ready to expand your knowledge of mixing theories and improve your performance and results? This course is for you.

Distillation in Practice

eLearning (online) Course
Learn essential distillation concepts including vapor liquid equilibrium, start-up and troubleshooting, and other best practices with this online...

Cash Flow Principles for Chemical Engineers

eLearning (online) Course
Projects can fail or succeed based on cash flow. Yet many chemical engineers don’t truly understand cash flow or its role in project evaluation...

Combine Dimensional Analysis with Educated Guessing

February
2018
Computational Methods
Cedric J. Gommes, Tristan Gilet
Use dimensional analysis and educated guessing to simplify experimentation and simulation, gain physical insight from empirical relationships, and extrapolate data.

Announcing A Community of Process Engineers

January 26, 2018

We're looking for process engineers across all industries to join a community dedicated to them. Sign up now to have online discussions or share your profile.

New Products: April 2017

April
2017
New Products
Software Software Simulates Plant Environment for Operator Training OmegaLand V3.1 dynamic simulation environment enables the construction of virtual plant models that can be used to train operators and study and verify new processes. The platform...

Particle Technology

eLearning (online) Course
Difficulties in handling or processing powders are often overlooked and can result in production stoppages. Gain a practical introduction to particle...

Chemical Process Economic Evaluations

eLearning (online) Course
Make crisper, more comprehensive decisions about proposed and ongoing projects in your portfolio with this online course. This course will prepare...

Recovering Hydrogen — and Profits — from Hydrogen-Rich Offgas

January
2018
Reactions and Separations
Joanna Benson, Andrew Celin
As demand for industrial-grade hydrogen increases, more facilities are recovering H2 from offgas and selling it. Several recovery technologies are available, each with its own strengths and limitations.

Basics of the Chemical Industry

eLearning (online) Course
The chemical industry value chain is complex. In this online course, you’ll gain a high-level review of the manufacture and markets for roughly 70...

New Products: January 2018

January
2018
New Products
Instrumentation Frequency-to-Analog Converter Allows Programming from Smartphones The FAC-R frequency-to-analog converter changes incoming sensor frequency to both current and analog voltage output. It interfaces with frequency output sensors and...

December 2017 CEP Preview

December 20, 2017

This month, methods for order-of-magnitude cost estimation for shale-gas, optimized heat transfer of viscous fluids, the chemical industry in the Philippines, and more.

Overview of Current and Future Environmental Challenges

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 30, 2017
EPA has recently made several changes to air regulatory programs that impact the ethylene industry and is contemplating several more. These actions...

Flare Emissions Regulatory Update

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 30, 2017
ABSTRACT “Flare Emissions Regulatory Update” by Kevin Leary, John Zink Hamworthy Combustion Several new regulations have been recently...

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...
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