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Catalyzing Commercialization: Converting Waste Heat into Electrical Power

December
2016
Catalyzing Commercialization
Waste heat is an enormous and largely untapped source of low-cost energy. More than half of the energy consumed in the world escapes into the atmosphere in the form of waste heat. With global energy demand projected to increase by nearly 50% by 2040...

Novel Nanotechnique Traps Harmful Emissions

December 19, 2016
Researchers at the University of Texas Dallas have developed a new way of capturing potentially harmful gasses in a metal-organic framework , or MOFs. MOFs are composed of metal-...

New Products: December 2016

December
2016
New Products
Product Focus: Pumps Multistage Pump Reduces Carbon Dioxide Emissions The Xylem e-HM line of multistage pumps features modular construction and horizontal orientation that is suitable for industrial washing and refrigeration, food and beverage,...

Graphene Detects Brain Cancer Cells

December 20, 2016
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have used graphene to identify a single hyperactive cancerous brain cell, according to a report published this week. The...

2016 Official Chem-E-Car Competition® Video

November 16, 2016
This year, Korea's KAIST took the top award , coming within 11 cm of the target line. In this video, you'll see highlights from this year's competition, learn how it got started,...

Profile: Pursuing Science for the Public Good

December
2016
Profile
For Siddhartha “Sid” Roy, watching the Flint water crisis unfold and listening to the stories of its residents has emphasized the role the public should play in engineering and public health. “If we as engineers have a public-focused mindset, we...

December 2016 CEP Preview

December 7, 2016
This month, CEP features a look at business planning, as well as pump sizing, reducing process safety risks with the bow-tie diagram, and much more.

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...

2017 Southern Student Regional Conference

March 31 - April 1, 2017
Conference Highlights include Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition and Regional Student Paper and Poster Competitions. Conference Contact Information Conference Webpage Conference Chairs: Mary McBride and Melanie Lindsey ( aiche_src17@utk.edu ) Advisor: Eric Boder (...

Stop Knocking Your Condensate Return

November
2016
Back To Basics
James R. Risko
Condensate return systems can have a big impact on productivity, energy efficiency, and site reliability. Use this guide to better understand your condensate return, optimize its operation, and mitigate common pitfalls such as high backpressure and water hammer.

November 2016 CEP Preview

November 9, 2016
In addition to this month's cover story on food irradiation, you'll find articles on condensate return systems, budgeting techniques, patent strategies, and much more.

AIChE Journal Highlight: A High-Throughput Approach to Designing Materials

November
2016
Journal Highlight
In the November AIChE Journal Perspective article, “High-Throughput Methods Using Composition and Structure Spread Libraries,” John Kitchin and Andrew Gellman of Carnegie Mellon Univ. discuss a method to more efficiently map material properties across composition, structure, and environmental conditions.

New Products: November 2016

November
2016
New Products
Product Focus: Valves Throttling Valve Provides Dependable Shutoff The Clampseal throttling valve is suitable for severe-service applications that require repeatable flow control and reliable shutoff. The seat and stem assembly can be easily changed...

Patents: What Makes an Invention Nonobvious?

November
2016
Career Catalyst
M. Henry Heines
In addition to being novel, an invention must be nonobvious to qualify for a patent. Learn strategies that have and can be used to qualify your invention as nonobvious.

Video Tutorial: Introduction to Free Convection

November 10, 2016
If you're not clear about the basics of free convection, this video tutorial is for you. In this post, the LearnChemE YouTube series by the faculty of University of Colorado...

4th Middle East Process Engineering Conference & Exhibition (MEPEC 2017)

October 9-11, 2017
MEPEC 2015 is the 3rd Edition of the largest downstream process engineering conference in the Gulf region, and will be by far the biggest event to date. The conference & exhibition will be held at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre on the 15th to 17th of September 2015 and will feature the Middle East Regional Chem-E-Car Competition.

2017 Rocky Mountain Student Regional Conference

March 31 - April 2, 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: Samantha Link ( samantha.link@und.edu ) Advisor: Frank Bowman ( frank.bowman@engr.und.edu )...

2017 Southwest 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: Al Higgins ( ahiggins@trinity.edu ) Advisor: Mahbub Uddin ( mahbub@trinity.edu )

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: Radial Convective Heat Transfer

October 6, 2016
This month's video tutorial from LearnChemE's series of screencasts introduces radial convective heat transfer. It looks at three different correlations (Hilpert, Zukauskas,...

AIChE Journal Highlight: Designing Materials for a Sustainable Future

October
2016
Journal Highlight
As the pressing needs of the world gradually shift toward the sustainable supply of energy and raw materials, preservation of natural resources and the environment, and targeted delivery of services and products, new opportunities arise for chemical...

Excel VBA Programming for Chemical Engineers

Public (classroom) Course
Get up-to-date on proven design and troubleshooting principles for handling bulk solids in bins, hoppers, chutes and feeders for safe and trouble-...

Molecular Sieve Cracked Gas Dryer Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 3:45pm-5:00pm
This tutorial provides an overview of adsorption technology. It will cover the following topics: adsorption phenomenon, structure and chemistry of...

Full Range Natural Gas Processing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Large and untapped natural gas reservoirs offer the opportunity to design a versatile and efficient gas processing complex. An optimized concept for...

July 2015 CEP Preview

July 6, 2015
In this issue, get tips for selecting sensors for your plant's safety instrumented system (SIS), a guide to mixing, some of the latest development in biological engineering, and...

Interpreting Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams

August 24, 2010
With a Bit of Smoke, a Few Mirrors and a Degree in Hieroglyphics, Anyone Can Learn to Read a P&ID. This is Part 1 of a five-part series. Part 1 - Introduction Engineers love...

Video Tutorial: Degrees of Freedom

September 23, 2014
What is a degree-of-freedom analysis, and how can you use it to analyze engineering problems? Brush up on basics in this short video tutorial.

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...

AIChE Journal Articles Make Wiley's Top 20 List

March 25, 2015
Articles from the AIChE Journal, Biotechnology Progress, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, and Process Safety Progress are at the top of the list of "hottest...

2015 Official Chem-E-Car Competition® Video

November 12, 2015
Cornell & McGill Universities Tie for 1st Place with 5cm. In this video, you'll see highlights from this year's competition, learn how it got started and how teams power their...

Video Tutorial: Feedforward Control

August 23, 2016
Recently we featured the Learn ChemE screencast about cascade control . Today, we follow up with an introduction to feedfoward control. This tutorial explains how feedforward...

January 2015 CEP Preview

January 15, 2015
Special Section: Sustainability Sustainability Trends in the Chemical Industry The AIChE Sustainability Index provides benchmarks of a company’s performance on a variety of...

March 2016 CEP Preview

March 16, 2016
This month, CEP looks at big data analytics in a special section, as well as covering PID for process engineers and aerobic fermenter optimization.

Intel Announces 3D Breakthrough in Chip Design

May 9, 2011
Intel has announced new 3D technology that will allow the company to pack more transistors into small chips. You can have Mark Bohr of Intel walk you through the new technology in...

Entering a New Golden Age of Chemical Engineering

September 19, 2012
This post is the first in a series of 12 posts about who ChEs are, what we’re doing, and where we’re going. 2013 AIChE president Phil Westmoreland looks at trends, considers the...

Mercury Removal at Coal-Fired Power Plants

April 4, 2014
Removal of Mercury from the combustion air stream at a coal-fired power plant is one of the most sensitive and challenging tasks of pollution control. Dr. Noah Meeks of The...

August 2015 CEP Preview

August 20, 2015
SPECIAL SECTION: ENERGY Natural Gas: Opportunities and Challenges Natural Gas: The Energy Outlook Natural gas production is projected to grow in almost all regions of the world,...

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...
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