Modular Chemical Process Intensification

Advanced Manufacturing Progress: Intensification of Fast Pyrolysis

June
2019
Advanced Manufacturing Progress
Robert Brown
Fast pyrolysis is one of many processes being developed to convert biomass into advanced biofuels and other energy and chemical products. In fast pyrolysis, biomass is rapidly heated to about 500°C to release volatile compounds that are quickly...

The Link Between Process Safety and Process Intensification

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST
This webinar is part of ongoing Education & Workforce Development efforts of the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. Webinars are free to RAPID Members and available to AIChE Members through use of...

Time-Scale Analysis: A Process Intensification Tool

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT
When developing chemical process modules or analyzing a plant flow-sheet diagram one needs a tool to recognize the elements of the process where process intensification is needed and in what...

Design Thinking & Economics of Process Intensification

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 11:00am-12:00pm EDT
This webinar is part of ongoing Education & Workforce Development efforts of the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. Webinars are free to RAPID Members and available to AIChE Members through use of...

Modular Carbon Capture

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT
Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) refers to processes that capture CO2 from sources such as power plants and either stores it or uses it to produce valuable chemicals and products. In...

Modeling and Simulation in Food Engineering

Archived Webinar
Apr 3, 2019
Are you interested in understanding how to overcome challenges and difficulties in the food industry by utilizing multiphysics modeling? In just about every industry, modeling and simulation are...

Advanced Manufacturing Progress: Membranes Are a Flexible Intensification Solution

April
2019
Advanced Manufacturing Progress
Ignasi Palou-Rivera
Membranes can be used in a diverse array of industries and applications. They are an inherently intensified technology that are typically constructed as small units that can be numbered-up to increase scale. Membranes are an obvious focus area for the RAPID Manufacturing Institute, which is working to further their development and application.

March 2019 CEP Preview

March 12, 2019

This month, an up-close look at process intensification, plus an intro to dividing-wall columns, a look at catalyst replacement economics, and more.

PI Principles: Energy – PI in the Thermodynamic Domain

Archived Webinar
May 30, 2018
Contemporary chemical industry is predominantly based on fossil fuels as energy sources and the steam boiler is probably the most common element being used in today’s chemical processes. Next to its...

PI Principles: Structure - PI in the Spatial Domain

Archived Webinar
Mar 21, 2018
In this 60-minute webinar you’ll learn about the first of the four elementary domains of Process Intensification – the spatial domain. Structure is the keyword here as the various ways of structuring...

A Building Block Approach to Process Intensification

March
2019
Special Section
M. M. Faruque Hasan, S. Emre Demirel, Jianping Li
This new approach represents chemical processes as abstract blocks arranged in a two-dimensional grid. Mathematical-programming-based optimization can identify the best design for intensification at the equipment and flowsheet levels.

Introduction to Dividing-Wall Columns

March
2019
Special Section
Manish Bhargava, Anju Patil Sharma
A dividing wall can be added within a distillation column to improve separation efficiency of three or more products.

Process Instensification in Practice

March
2019
Special Section
William J. Grieco
A paradigm shift is underway in the process industries. For over 100 years, these industries have maintained that processes were most efficiently treated as a series of standardized unit operations, and that cost-effective scale-up occurred by...

RAPID’s Quest for Intensification

March
2019
Special Section
Nidhi Sharma
These and other RAPID-funded ventures could transform industry by making chemical processes cleaner, smaller, safer, and more energy-efficient.

Fundamentals of Process Intensification

eLearning (online) Course
In this course, you’ll get an introduction to PI, ways in which PI can help to overcome challenges facing conventional processes, and ultimately its...
Roadmapping provides a structured and focused method to carve out a space within the broad topic of water processing where chemical and bio-related engineers can play a role.

A Water Roadmap for Chemical Engineers

July 30, 2018

Water is one of the most important resources in the chemical process industries (CPI), presenting both opportunities as well as compliance obligations.

Upgrading Natural Gas Technology

July 23, 2018

Condensing natural gas into a liquid, nonflammable form through natural gas upgrading is key to expanding natural gas production.

Technical Entity Trends: Upgrading Natural Gas Technology

July
2018
Technical Entity Trends
Keith Joseph
Natural gas fuels more than 30% of U.S. electricity generation, making it the largest source of energy in the country. The U.S. is also the largest producer of natural gas in the world. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that between the 1960s and 2000s, U.S. natural gas production remained relatively constant at about 20±2 trillion cubic feet per year (Tcf/yr) — an amount equivalent to the needs of 20 million households for 15 years. From the mid-2000s to 2017, natural gas production rose by approximately 43%.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AIChE Journal Highlight: The Benefits of Modular Manufacturing

October
2017
Journal Highlight
Economies of scale and unit operations drive modern chemical engineering. The economy of scale principle suggests that larger chemical plants are more capital-, resource-, and cost-efficient than smaller plants, and unit operations guide the design...
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