Chemical Engineering Practice

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...

Produced Water Treatment with Ceramic Membranes

November 2, 2011
The volume and complexity of produced water (PW) generated in the oil and gas extraction industry provides a significant separations and treatment challenge. Because of its source...

April 2015 CEP Preview

April 3, 2015
Career Catalyst Humanitarian Chemical Engineering A broader view of ethics and professional responsibility considers the engineer’s impact on humanity. Read this article now...

May 2016 CEP Preview

May 13, 2016
This month, the CEP cover story takes a look at the advantages of fixed valves, while Back to Basics column gives smart tips for a successful energy assessment.

November 2015 CEP Preview

November 16, 2015
This month, CEP's cover feature is liquid-liquid extraction, and members and non-members alike can read the full article online. See the preview for more about this month's issue.

New Work Boosts LIthium-Ion Battery Performance

August 24, 2016
Researchers at Kansas State University and Catalyst Power Technologies Inc. have recently received a patent that promises higher efficiency for lithium-ion batteries. The...

Advanced X-Ray Jump Starts Drug Design

January 24, 2012
The anti-cancer drug Zelboraf (vemurafenib) recently received FDA approval, but it was front page news when the drug, designed to disrupt malignant melanoma, was so successful...

Saudi YPC Heat Exchanger Network Workshop

March 24, 2016
The Saudi YPC held a technical workshop on heat exchanger network (HEN) design and retrofit studies based on pinch analysis on March 7, 2016. Over 100 Young Professionals (YPs)...

C2 Front-End Hydrogenation Improvements

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 4:00pm-4:25pm
The presentation will address the parameters influencing selectivity and the impact over time. A side-by-side comparison of 5+ year operating data of...

A New Era in on-Purpose Butadiene (OPBD) Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
Butadiene is produced almost entirely as a byproduct of ethylene plants. As ethylene plants switch from naphtha feedstock to cheaper ethane, the...

Acetylene Hydrogenation Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 2:05pm-3:00pm
Acetylene Hydrogenation Tutorial Author: Edgar Mohundro – Acetylene hydrogenation is a very important step in most olefins plant operations along the...

Manage Risk and Improve Production Start-up of Capital Projects

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 1:00pm-1:30pm
In the final phases of a capital project, there are periods of high risk and several opportunities to shorten the time to full, on-spec production...

Dividing Wall Column - Design for a Retrofit

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
A market opportunity arose for a higher value market for an existing product line if key impurities could be reduced an order of magnitude below...

Hydrates in Ethylene Plant Cold Section

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:15pm-4:50pm
Ethylene plants are at risk of hydrate formation due to the very nature of the process: wet hot section followed by high-pressure, cryogenic...

New Superstructure-Based Optimization for Process Intensification

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Process intensification enables “multi-tasking” by combining reaction, separation and other operations in a single unit, and leads to a substantially...

Unique Pre-Cleaning Passivation Challenges in Cooling Water Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:30pm-2:55pm
Pretreatment of cooling water systems is essential to maximize the service life and reliability of heat exchange equipment. Usually, pretreatment...

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