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December 1, 2013
There is increasing interest in meeting the growing demand for generating power, fuels and chemicals by tapping into local resources. It not only reduces reliance on imported oil and gas, but also guarantees stable price development over the long term. One available solution, according to the experts, is the environmentally friendly gasification of carbon-containing fuels, such as coal, refinery residues...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Innovations-in-Gasification_11267.html
December 1, 2013
While staffing issues continue to be a tremendous challenge for companies in the chemical process industries (CPI), a number of strategies and training approaches are emerging to help address the need for trained engineers and skilled tradespersons. The shale-gas boom continues to be a dominant force in the U.S. and global chemical industry, and is having a profound effect on workforce issues in the CPI...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Feeling-the-brunt-of-prosperity-on-CPI-Workforce-issues_11276.html
November 1, 2013
Last month at the ChemInnovations Conference and Exhibition (Galveston, Tex.; September 25–26), Chemical Engineering ( CE) had the pleasure of honoring this year’s finalists and the winner of the 2013 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award, a biennial prize that the magazine has bestowed continuously since the early 1930s (for more, see CE, January 2013, p. 17). The award recognizes...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/42nd-Kirkpatrick-Award-announced_11143.html
November 1, 2013
When it comes to heat exchangers, chemical processors have a lot to consider. The most common concerns include fouling, heat-transfer efficiency, and the ability of the equipment to handle the high temperatures, high pressures and corrosive materials associated with the manufacturing of chemicals. And heat-exchanger manufacturers are continuously tweaking existing technologies to better suit the unique...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/The-New-Face-of-Heat-Exchangers_11144.html
October 1, 2013
Let’s face it, valves may not be the most glamorous piece of equipment in a chemical process industries (CPI) facility, but no plant can function without them. In addition, multiple challenges and issues specific to the chemical processing industry affect valves and valve performance. For these reasons, selecting the right valve — one that will stand up to the rigors and demands of the chemical...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/A-Valve-for-Every-Application_11032.html
October 1, 2013
Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are the technology of choice for powering portable consumer electronics, but limitations remain, especially when using this battery type in large-format applications like the fast-growing electric vehicles sector. “The four most important challenges for Li-ion batteries are increasing energy density, improving safety, lowering cost and lengthening battery...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Advancing-Battery-Materials_11037.html
September 1, 2013
Modular construction is slowly, but surely becoming a buzzword in the design/build industry because it provides many benefits to project owners. But does that mean it is the right approach for the chemical process industries (CPI), and specifically, for your application? Here, experts in the industry discuss why and, more importantly, when it makes sense to modularize. “Modular construction is...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Thinking-Inside-the-Box_10921.html
September 1, 2013
The petroleum refining sector in India plays a vital role in the country’s industrial development and provides a major source to meet India’s energy requirements. Today, the refining sector satisfies about 30% of the total energy demand of India [ 1]. As of April 1, 2013, the total installed capacity of Indian refineries was 215 million metric tons per year (million m.t./yr), of which 80...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Spotlight-on-Petroleum-Refining-in-India_10938.html
August 1, 2013
As an industry sector, bio-based chemicals have seen significant expansion over the past year, with several commercial developments occurring in a group of four-carbon commodity chemicals, including succinic acid, butanols, butadiene and butanediol. While a host of technology-based companies have built new facilities and scaled up production capabilities, others have formed alliances with established...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Bio-Based-Chemicals-Gain-Market-Acceptance_10786.html
August 1, 2013
Modeling and simulation are at the heart of chemical engineering design and operations today, whether it is using traditional process flowsheeting tools, computational fluid dynamics, advanced process-modeling environments, or specific equipment design packages (Figure 1). However, much of this modeling is currently performed in isolated “silos” within organizations.  Figure 1. Advanced...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Modeling-Optimized-Processes_10790.html
July 1, 2013
On May 9, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels surpassed 400 ppm in Mauna Loa, Hawaii for the first time since measurements began there in 1958. This concentration is well above the 280 ppm levels occurring prior to the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, according to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California (San Diego, Calif.; scripps.ucsd.edu). Today’s rate of increase...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/CO2-Utilization_10638.html
July 1, 2013
Scaling, fouling and corrosion have long been the enemy of cooling-tower water. While these issues still present significant water-treatment hurdles, today’s processors are also dealing with “impaired” water streams and increasing restrictions affecting intake and discharge water, among other challenges. This one-two punch has necessitated a hybrid approach — one that includes both...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Cooling-tower-Water-A-Hybrid-Problem-Calls-for-a-Hybrid-Solution_10653.html
June 1, 2013
Selecting air-pollution control equipment can be tricky. It’s not only difficult to determine which pollutants must be controlled, but also which type of equipment will best control them to required levels for any given process or facility because there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Technologies that successfully control pollutants in one facility may not work as well in another...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Controlling-Air-Pollutants_10556.html
June 1, 2013
Industrial uses of high-intensity ultrasound have grown tremendously over the past 25 years, says Kenneth Suslick, professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and one of the pioneers in the field. Ultrasonic welding of plastics is universal, ultrasonic cleaning of equipment has replaced most solvent and vapor degreasing, and it is even routine for homes to have ultrasonic...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Sonochemistry-makes-its-mark_10565.html
May 1, 2013
Increasing production of crude oil from shale deposits in the U.S. and oil sands in Canada offers North American petroleum refiners opportunities to access cost-advantaged feedstock. However, shifting product demand and hurdles in transportation logistics, along with technical issues associated with the properties of the crude from those areas, present challenges as refiners optimize their product mix...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Petroleum-Refining-Outlook_10443.html
May 1, 2013
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA; Washington, D.C.; www.osha.gov) has flagged combustible dusts as one of its top issues since the Imperial Sugar Mill explosion in Port Wentworth, Georgia, that killed 14 employees and injured many others in February 2008. Combustible dust is, in fact, one of OSHA’s National Emphasis Programs (NEPs).   The situation today Despite the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Combustible-Dust-safety_10456.html
April 1, 2013
The continuous quest to maximize process efficiency and boost product performance, in which all sectors of the chemical process industries (CPI) are engaged, is driving demand for technologically advanced coatings. And engineering at the nanoscale level is an increasingly common avenue to reach these goals in commercial coatings. Progress in nano steps As the traditional coatings market continues to grow...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Nano-engineering-infuses-growing-coatings-market_10370.html
April 1, 2013
Single-use equipment has come a long way from its modest origins as a convenient storage and transportation method. As a matter of fact, recent market trends and business drivers have made disposable equipment, with its inherent benefits, so attractive to the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries that they’ve begun requesting and implementing entire systems for use throughout the process...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Single-Use-Strategies_10374.html
March 1, 2013
Bob Katin, chairman of the California Government Relations Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and president of the California Legislative Council of Professional Engineers (CLCPE), is a persistent man. For more than 20 years he has fought to change the California Professional Engineers Act (PE Act) so that chemical engineers would have parity with civil engineers. In the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Professional-Bureaucracy_10250.html
March 1, 2013
Because many of their products go directly to the ultimate end user, polymer and plastic processors are being asked to make their final products safer. Both consumers and governments alike are demanding that plastics, especially those that are destined for food contact, contain lower residual solvent and monomer levels. At the same time, the biopolymer industry is exploding and processors want to get in on...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Trends-in-polymer-processing_10260.html
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