Chemical Engineering Practice

From Zero to World No.1 LNG Exporter in Less Than 10 years, Qatar

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Qatar is a member of the OPEC and is a significant oil producer, but the Qatari government has devoted much more efforts to the development of...

Successful Sulfur Unit Startups

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:45pm-3:15pm
As the environmental importance of Sulfur Recovery Units increases, so too does the importance of smooth and successful SRU startups. This paper will...

Unique Failure Mode for API Seal Plan 76

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Unique Failure Mode for API Seal Plan 76 Double mechanical seals with a pressure alarm in the containment chamber are commonly used in LPG and other...

Removal of Heavy Hydrocarbons from Lean Natural Gas

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Removal of heavy hydrocarbons, such as C 6 + from natural gas is essential prior to cryogenic liquefaction in order to prevent freeze-out of these...

Importance of Field Testing Liquid Distributors

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Spray nozzles & gravity distributors are primarily used in different Oil refinery facilities (columns, scrubbers, etc.). Installers and...

Ethylene: Past, Present and Future

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:15pm
Martin will offer some thoughts on developments in the Ethylene industry over the past 25 years that the Ethylene Producers has been meeting. He will...

Is Your Operation Prepared for Economic Recovery?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Proposed Title ” Is Your Operation prepared for Economic Recovery?” The world economy has been depressed for several years. During that time, changes...

PSM OSHA Citations and the Litigation Process: What Are the Risks?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 11:30am-12:00pm
Many process safety professionals do not fully understand the risks associated with receiving PSM OSHA citations and the litigation process before...

Process Safety: From Concept to Commissioning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 11:00am-11:30am
Process Safety: From Concept to Commissioning Process safety is an essential component in all phases of project design, from initial research and...

Galvanic Corrosion Between Dissimilar Metals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 12:00am
A Dow USGC cracker suffered a tube failure on a cracked gas compressor inner stage cooler after ten plus years of service. To further extend the...

Evaluation of Dispersion Models for LNG Siting Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
The federal safety standards for LNG facilities under 49 CFR Part 193 approves the use of specific dispersion models for performing vapor-gas...

Simple Opportunities for Improving Energy Efficiency

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Energy efficiency has become an important theme in the process industries, and many companies have implemented sophisticated strategies to improve...

Turnaround Excellence - Key Success Factors

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Turnaround Excellence is more than a state of being… it is a journey. Achieving and sustaining excellence is wholly dependent on a site approach of...

Modeling of Ground Flare Pits

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
New LNG liquefaction facilities have been configured to include large ground flares to allow for the safe combustion of large volumes of combustible...

Hydrocracking - An Overview

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
The paper will present an overview of the Hydrocracking process as applied in the refineries today. It will cover Mild Hydrocracking, Partial...

Design Considerations for Diesel Hydrotreaters

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
In 2006, the United States EPA mandated the use of 15 ppmw ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) for on-road diesel fuel. At that time several refiners...

Dynamic Simulation: Value During LNG Process Design and Beyond

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
A contributor to complex/large project management difficulty is uncertainty gaps – gaps between the information required and that readily available...

Analysis of Turnarounds in Olefin Plants: A 16-Year View

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Comparative Performance Analysis™ (CPA™) benchmarking studies of the olefin industry have been conducted by HSB Solomon Associates LLC (Solomon)...

Design Challenges in Tankage Modernization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
In order to comply with regulation requirements, a refinery needs to perform major revamps to produce different grades of Diesel, namely ULSD, Off-...

History of NOx In the Ethylene Industry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
A history of NOx in the Ethylene Industry will be presented.

Appropriate Placement of Compressors and Expanders

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
The term “Appropriate Placement” was introduced in Pinch Analysis during the 1980s to indicate how special unit operations should be correctly...

Strategic Chemistry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Optimizing the clearing and cleaning of process units during turnarounds. Primary discussion involves the three key areas related to an effective,...

Anti-Surge Methods for the Base Load LNG Plant Propane Compressor

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
The propane compressor represents a significant capital investment and operating expense of a LNG plant, and is an essential component in providing...

Identification of Process Hazards in Laboratories and Pilot Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
The focus of most laboratory experiments and piloting operations is the development of a new, innovative chemical process or the improvement of an...

Critical Alarm Management : Connecting the Dots

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
In the aftermath of some high profile national security incidents, investigations starting with the catastrophe or near miss and working backwards...

MPC Revamp of Two Naphtha Crackers, Lessons Learned and Relearned

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Braskem is the 8th largest petrochemical company in the world and the biggest producer of polymers in the Americas. The Braskem Triunfo site includes...

Root Cause Study of Debutanizer Column Operational Upsets

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
The NOVA Chemicals Debutanizer Column at the Corunna site experienced operational upsets. Gamma scans revealed that the column had flooded, and upon...

Application of the Anti-Sloshing Blanket to LNG Carriers and FLNG

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Sloshing is long problematic issue on achieving safety and reliability of LNG carriers and FLNG if the liquid level is below at a certain point in...

Hydrogen Membrane Technology for Ethylene Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
HYDROGEN TRANSPORT MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY FOR ETHYLENE PRODUCTION U. (Balu) Balachandran, T. H. Lee, C. Y. Park, and S. E. Dorris Energy Systems...

Safety Management System Challenges for Small Companies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Ester Brawley, Steve Maher “Unique Challenges Facing Small Companies Developing and Implementing PSM” Small Companies that are subject to PSM face...

Amine Treating: A Technology Review and Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Removal of H 2 S and CO 2 from gas streams and liquid hydrocarbon streams is important in many industrial processes. Solutions of aqueous amines have...

Cost Effectiveness of 2-Row Membrane System for FLNG

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
One of the most critical issues in engineering and design of FLNG is to reduce top side weight along with its load distribution to the sub-structure...

Practical Process Integration Retrofit Part 3. Path Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Practical Process Integration Retrofit Part 3. Path Analysis G.T.Polley The concept of transferring heat along paths was first suggested by Dhole [1...

Refinery-Wide Topics for Profitability, Reliability and Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
In this session we will review several case studies that will allow you to better understand the importance of process engineering and process safety...

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