Chemical Engineering Practice

Introduction to Pinch Analysis

Archived Webinar
Apr 27, 2011
This webinar introduces the basic principles and tools of pinch analysis and shows how they can be applied in real-world applications.

Introduction to Fluidized Bed Technology

Archived Webinar
Apr 13, 2011
This webinar explores the fundamentals of fluidization: how materials fluidize; differences in fluidization characteristics based on size and density...

Process Troubleshooting

Archived Webinar
Oct 6, 2010
Professor Woods acts as a coach, guiding you through a process that matches your unique style. His goal is to help you recognize and polish your...

Modular Biocatalysis

Archived Webinar
Jun 29, 2010
Modularity is a highly sought after feature in engineering design. A modular catalyst is a multi-component system whose parts can be predictably...

Identifying Mixing Problems

Archived Webinar
Jun 9, 2010
The webinar also covers the simplest, to the most complex, blending problems. In the simplest blending problems, there is one process objective, and...

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...

Liquid Product of Liquid Phase Pyrolysis

Archived Webinar
Feb 10, 2010
Ligno-cellulosic feed is expected to contribute significantly to production of liquefied combustibles in the future, because of the quantity and the...

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...

Ionic Liquids

Archived Webinar
Aug 26, 2009
This webinar will cover the use of Ionic Liquids for both liquid and gas separations, emphasizing how the choice of anion, cation and functional...

Piping and Instrumentation Drawings

Archived Webinar
Jul 22, 2009
Piping & Instrumentation Drawings (P&IDs) are important communication tools for engineers. To be effective in the workplace, you must be able...

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.

New Breath Monitor Detects Flu Virus

February 13, 2017
A new tool has been developed to sniff out the flu: a hand-held breath monitor that detects the flu virus. The invention is the work of Perena Gouma, a professor in the Materials...

New Products: February 2017

February
2017
New Products
Environmental, Health, and Safety Respirator Lets You Focus on the Job Duraflow is a lightweight and ergonomic powered air respirator that incorporates real-time air-flow control technology. Assurance of respiratory protection means you can focus on...

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...

Interpreting Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams

January 27, 2011
Learning to read and interpret piping and instrumentation diagrams via dry text-based articles (unlike those produced by yours truly) can be painful. To make this critical topic a...

Centrifugal Compressors in Ethylene Plants

February
2017
Back To Basics
Shane Harvey, P.Eng.
Centrifugal compressors are used in ethylene plants for cracked-gas compression and refrigeration services. This article describes the basic design and operation of these compressors.

Data Science for Chemical Engineers

February
2017
On The Horizon
David Beck, Jim Pfaendtner, James Carothers, Venkat Subramanian
Chemical engineers need data science tools to take advantage of the increasing amount of data available to them. Data storage, analysis, and visualization will play more important roles in the discipline.

February 2017 CEP Preview

February 14, 2017
This month, CEP looks at compressors for ethylene plants, data science for chemical engineers, risk-based calibration, and much more.

Ensure Product Quality through Risk-Based Scale Calibration

February
2017
Instrumentation
Simone Budinsky
Many manufacturing standards are not explicit about scale calibration and testing requirements. This article dispels some common myths about scale performance and explains how calibration and testing based on risk assessment support compliance and quality.

2018 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 28 - November 2, 2018
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

2017 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 29 - November 3, 2017
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

2017 Pacific Northwest Student Regional Conference

April 21-22, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Chairs: Kylee Mockler Martens ( mocklerk@oregonstate.edu ) and Dalton Myas ( myasd@oregonstate.edu )...

2017 North-Central Student Regional Conference

April 7-8, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Chair: Brianna Koning ( ncrc.aiche.iit@gmail.com ) Advisor: Donald Chmielewski ( chmielewski@iit.edu )...

2017 Mid-Atlantic Student Regional Conference

March 24-25, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Chair: Mariah Soyring ( soyringm0@students.rowan.edu ) Advisor: Kevin Dahm ( dahm@rowan.edu ) Conference...

Hydroprocessing for Clean Energy: Design, Operation, and Optimization

January, 2017
This book provides a holistic approach that looks at changing process conditions, possible process design changes, and process technology upgrades. It includes process integration techniques for improving process designs and for applying optimization techniques for improved operations, with a focus...

Use Downcomer Gamma Scans to Troubleshoot Your Process

January
2017
Reactions and Separations
Henry Z. Kister, Chuck Winfield
Downcomer scanning can provide valuable information to diagnose your tower. In particular, these scans are useful for determining the mechanism of flooding — one of the most common problems encountered in distillation columns. Follow these guidelines to avoid pitfalls.

Excelling with Excel #2 – Pivot Tables

July 8, 2010
When I say "pivot table", what comes to mind? For me, I think of cardboard boxes. However, if you're like most humans, you're probably drawing a blank right now. This is...

Video Tutorial: Feedforward Control, part 2

January 20, 2017
This video tutorial from the LearnChemE YouTube series features an example of a dynamic feedforward control. Specifically, this is a feedback-feedforward control scheme that is...

Excelling with Excel #3 – Macros

July 21, 2010
Macros. To many, this term is shrouded in mystery. Between the 'hard problem' of consciousness and talking cats, does this world really need another unsolved mystery? I don't...

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...

Excel Tips for Chemical Engineers in 2017

December 23, 2016
Over the last few years, one of our most popular series has been Excelling With Excel , which takes a look at some incredibly useful Excel tips for chemical engineers. Given the...

Excelling with Excel #4 – Indirect References

July 28, 2010
Hi guys. It's Greg the orange cat again with a (very short) Microsoft Excel tip. Tip#4: Indirect References Much of Excel's usefulness comes from an ability to reference cells in...

Catalyzing Commercialization: Sour Gas Has a Sweeter Future

January
2017
Catalyzing Commercialization
Many distributed natural-gas-containing resources, which include natural gas, landfill gas, and biogas, contain significant amounts of sulfur (mainly as hydrogen sulfide). The sulfur content in these gases, which can range from several hundred parts per million to several percent, must be reduced to acceptable levels (e.g., 1 ppm for demanding catalytic processes and several hundred ppm for internal combustion engines or boilers) before these gases can be utilized.

January 2017 CEP Preview

January 9, 2017
This month CEP looks at troubleshooting, offers a feature on process safety management don'ts (read full text online), looks at air-cooled heat exchanger performance, and much...

New Products: January 2017

January
2017
New Products
Environmental, Health, and Safety Adsorbent Makes Use of Glass Waste The Green Glass Adsorbent Technology is made of recycled LCD-panel glass. This unique material adsorbs heavy metal ions from industrial wastewater, and then desorbs the ions so...

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