Email Email Print Print
Clip Clip & File

Business & Economics :: Cost Engineering

September 10, 2013

Why Big Always Wins: Examining Economies of Scale

Origami teaches one of the fundamental tenets of chemical engineering

Mark E. Jones, The Dow Chemical Company

Bigger is better. That simple statement summarizes one of the fundamental principles of chemical engineering. All engineers need an occasional reminder of this truism and can be aided by a tactile exercise that shows the inescapability of the bigger-is-better mentality. Origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, provides a simple means to illustrate that bigger truly is better in cases where the capital efficiency of containing and moving material is the critical parameter....

This information is only available to Gold members.

Forgot your user ID or password?
Click here to have it sent to you.

Not a member yet?

UPGRADE now to full archive accces and you will receive:

  • A discount on full delegate pass to ChemInnovations.

  • Free pass to ChemInnovations show floor.

  • Discounts on store items and and webinars.




Comments (1) for Why Big Always Wins: Examining Economies of Scale
Dear Mr. Jones,
Thank you for an interesting article. I presented at the Light Metals conference in San Diego in 2011 a paper that I wrote on the same topic in relation to the industry I have been active in for more than 30 years (alumina refining). Interestingly I come to a different conclusions. Please let me know if you would be interested to receive a copy.
Best Regards,
Peter-Hans ter Weer
Posted by Peter-Hans ter Weer on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 04:19 PM

Add a Comment


Please enter the letters or numbers you see in the image. (refresh)

More Cost Engineering

Related Stories

LinkedIn Groups

Our LinkedIn group is now over 33,000 members strong!

  1. Join other CPI professionals from all over the globe and share best practices, expertise, concerns and more.
  2. Provide feedback to Chemical Engineering Editors

Current members represent Worley Parsons, DuPont, SABIC, Fluor, Air Products, LyondellBasell, Nalco, Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, BASF, Jacobs Engineering, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and more.

Join Now

We also offer the following subgroup for more targeted discussions:

Search the Buyers' Guide

Plant Cost Index

Facts at Your Fingertips (archive)

Ask the Experts

Back Issues
To access this area, please log in or create an account.
Forgot your password?
Request it now.
Live chat by BoldChat