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February 1, 2011
The fact that I was 150 ft up, on the outside of an extraction column, in January, in Canada, in a 20-mph wind, was not the worst part of the experience. The worst part was that the column was not working properly, and I had helped to design it. Like most industrial columns, this one had vertical ladders on its side. Each ladder led to a landing, or so-called deck. Each ladder was surrounded by a cage. The...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Crows-nest_6366.html
February 1, 2011
Current industry syngas output has increased by 26% since 2007 — and by 50% since 2004 — reaching a current gasification capacity of 70,817 MWth of syngas output, according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s (DOE; Washington, D.C.; www.energy.gov) 2010 Worldwide Gasification Database. With 48 new plants (93 gasifiers) planned or under construction in the period 2011–2016, the global...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Coal-to-Chemicals_6368.html
February 1, 2011
Given the state of the still-lagging economy, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the chemical process industries (CPI) are attempting to get more finished product from their existing processes at lower costs. As a result, many are examining their liquid-to-solid separation operations with hopes of eking out additional product and savings. And, it appears that more robust and versatile automated...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/S-L-separation-No-more-separation-anxiety_6369.html
February 1, 2011
Atanasio Bloom Brandt Feng Mirgel John Atanasio becomes president and CEO of Alfa Laval USA (Richmond, Va.). Engineering and construction firm Integrated Project Services (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) welcomes Robert Roy, senior consultant, Jason Collins , senior process architect, and Louis Isernia , project manager, to its Advanced Aseptic Technologies Group. MAC Equipment...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/John-Atanasio-becomes-president-and-CEO-of-Alfa-Laval-USA-_6370.html
February 1, 2011
Eurecat to build a new catalyst-processing facility in India January 4, 2011 — Eurecat SA (La Voulte, France; www.eurecat.com), a joint venture of IFP Investissements and Albemarle Corp., is constructing a new, catalyst processing plant in India. WIth an expected commissioning during the 2nd quarter 2012, this plant will be dedicated to the ex situ regeneration of spent catalysts and associated...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/DuPont-to-acquire-Danisco-to-create-world-leader-in-industrial-biotechnology-and-more-business-news_6372.html
February 1, 2011
Piping integrity is always a major concern in the chemical process industries (CPI), but the level of concern elevates when piping is buried underground. Soil conditions not only exacerbate general external corrosion, but also increase the difficulty and cost of inspection — a necessary step for ensuring safe and reliable operation. Making matters worse, many underground piping systems are...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Inspecting-Underground-Piping_6373.html
February 1, 2011
Buried piping — especially lines carrying hydrocarbons — shoulders many more risks in terms of plant safety and environmental protection than aboveground piping does. Leaks in buried pipes are much harder to detect and, yet, are no less catastrophic. Ironically, underground piping design does not get as much emphasis in the chemical process industries (CPI) as aboveground piping does. Whether...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Design-Underground-Piping-For-Safety_6375.html
February 1, 2011
Throughout the chemical process industries (CPI), project owners often track key performance indicators (KPIs) to ensure that all participants are able to attain or improve important performance objectives associated with their investments. For instance, for complex projects involving various contractors and sub-contractors, the predetermined expectations spelled out in the agreed-upon set of KPIs allow...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Owners-and-contractors-Key-Metrics-Improve-Performance_6376.html
February 1, 2011
Chemical regulatory compliance is growing in complexity as product sourcing and formulations proliferate and organizations expand into new markets on a global scale. Staying current with the requirements of international regulatory initiatives such as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) adds...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Managing-Compliant-MSDSs-and-Labels_6377.html
February 1, 2011
Three new viscometers for a range of applications Thermo Fisher Scientific This new line of viscometers includes three models (photo): the Viscotester E, for automatic flow-curve measurements with full PC control; the Viscotester D, for routine viscosity measurements with data transfer; and the Viscotester C, for easy, fast and accurate manual measurements. The rotational viscometers measure the resistance...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/February-2011-New-Products_6378.html
January 1, 2011
      Interpolation and Regression Models for the Chemical Engineer: Solving Numerical Problems. By Guido Buzzi-Ferraris and Flavio Manenti. Wiley-VCH, Boschstrasse 12 69469 Weinheim, Germany. Web: wiley-vch.de. 2010. 442 pages. $130.00. Reviewed by Francis McConville, Impact Technology Development, Lincoln, Mass. Numerical analysis of data, mathematical modeling and statistical design of...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Interpolation-and-regression-models-book-reviewed-by-Francis-McConville-of-Impact-Technology_6269.html
January 1, 2011
A post-combustion process capable of separating CO2 from fluegas at one-third the cost of alternative separation processes has been developed by Inventys Thermal Technologies, Inc. (Burnaby, B.C., Canada; www.inventysinc.com). Tradenamed VeloxoTherm (VX), the patented process is now being tested together with a consortium of industrial partners — Mast Carbon International, BP, Suncor Energy Services...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/This-TSA-process-promises-to-slash-costs-for-CO2-separation_6270.html
January 1, 2011
A biological process for the destruction of sodium oxalate at Alcoa’s Kwinana alumina refinery in Western Australia has proven to be an extremely robust technology. Alcoa’s residue technical manager, David Cooling, says the plant has achieved an oxalate destruction rate of 40 metric tons per day (m.t./d), and the company plans to increase the destruction rate to 60 m.t./d. The technology has...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Oxalate-munching-bacteria-slash-energy-costs-of-alumina-refining_6273.html
January 1, 2011
Phosphorous impurities in steel can lead to detrimental properties, such as reduced hardness and resistance to corrosion. Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. (SMI; Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; www.sumitomometals.co.jp) has enhanced its SRP (simple refining process) for removing phosphorous from pig iron — a step necessary for making high-grade steels. The so-called SRP-Z process (diagram) involves blowing a...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/A-cleaner-more-efficient-process-for-making-high-grade-steel_6274.html
January 1, 2011
Two waste products — carbon dioxide and industrial wastes — are combined to obtain marketable mineral products in a process being developed by startup company CarbonX Inc. (Santa Barbara, Calif.; www.carbonxinc.com). The process produces precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) and silica from such wastes as steel industry slag and flyash from lignite-fired power plants, cement kilns and municipal...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Slag-heaps-a-new-source-of-precipitated-calcium-carbonate_6276.html
January 1, 2011
A new system for detecting chemical or biological contaminants in water is made possible by analyzing the swimming pathways of one-celled protozoa that are introduced into the water sample. Alterations of the protozoa’s swimming mechanics, relative to a clean water control, indicate the presence of toxins. The Swimming...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Fast-results-from-this-water-toxin-biosensor_6277.html
January 1, 2011
  Last month, Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) commissioned a new CO2-removal pilot plant at its R&D center in Frankfurt, Germany. The unit compliments the companys circulating...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/A-new-pilot-plant-for-CO2-removal_6278.html
January 1, 2011
  Betaine production A new process that produces natural betaine is being scaled up by Novasep Process (Pompey, France; www.novsasep.com) and Danisco (Copenhagen, Denmark; www.danisco.com). The plant will be the first to exploit a new extraction process that uses vinasse — a byproduct of sugar-beet-derived bioethanol. The process incorporates Daniscos proprietary NS2P chromatography technology...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/January-chementator-briefs_6279.html
January 1, 2011
Many of you know of a company — perhaps your own employer — that has recently commercialized an innovative process, product, or other chemical-engineering development. If so, we would like to hear from you. Nominations are open for this magazine’s 2011 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award. We aim to honor the most-noteworthy chemical engineering technology commercialized...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/2011-Kirkpatrick-Award-Call-for-Nominations_6280.html
January 1, 2011
In recent years, a number of factors have further emphasized the importance of solvent selection in the chemical process industries (CPI). These include the increasing regulatory scrutiny leveled on industrial solvents, and an effort by CPI companies to reduce the environmental, health and safety (EHS) impact of their solvent use. In addition, specialized, high-performance solvents are available for some...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Hansen-Solubility-Parameters-HSP_6281.html
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