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Heuristics Rules for Process Equipment

    Provided that they are updated when appropriate to keep them relevant, time-tested heuristics rules based upon experience, also referred to as rules of thumb, can be useful for the design, specifying and operation of several kinds of equipment…

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HF effluent treatment

Last month, BOC Edwards (Wilmington, Mass.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6517-549) completed installations of its new ERIX wastewaster treatment system at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, of the University of Albany's Albany NanoTech complex (N.Y.). The installation is a development step towards…

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Industrial gas deal

On September 5, Linde AG (Wiesbaden, Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6517-547) and the BOC Group plc. (Windlesham, U.K.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6517-548) merged to become one of the leading industrial gases and engineering companies. The new company is called The Linde Group (Munich, Germany), but the…

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Chementator: Hybrid power plant

Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW; Karlsruhe) and Siemens Power Generation (Erlangen, both Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6517-550) are joining forces to build a fuel-cell hybrid power plant with 70% efficiency (fuel to electricity) and a megawatt-scale power output. The 70% efficiency of this hybrid…

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A cool way to recycle solvents from exhaust-air streams

Messer Group GmbH (Krefeld, Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6516-531) has commercialized a liquid-nitrogen- (LNâ‚‚) based process for purifying exhaust air that contains high (100–1,000 g/m3) loads of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or solvents. Unlike incineration (which can have problems, such as dioxin formation, with chlorinated…

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A propane-based AN process makes its commercial debut

This fall, Asahi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (Tokyo; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6516-541), plans to start up a 70,000-m.t./yr plant for producing acrylonitrile (AN) at its 100% subsidiary Tongsuh Petrochemical Corporation Ltd., (Ulsan, South Korea). The plant will be a renovation of an existing…

Ethics and Professionalism

    Chemical engineering and, perhaps to a lesser degree, other kinds of engineering are topics of intense interest to contemporary ethicists and philosophers. In many cases, this scrutiny has been triggered by unfortunate safety or pollution incidents from the…

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China Still Beckons Petrochemical Investments

    China, one of the world's great growth stories, may become the world's largest consumer market. As that potential unfolds, petrochemical activity and investment are sure to be key drivers. China is now the 6th largest economy in the…

Calendar (September – November 2006) North America

  ISCST 2006: 13th International Coating Science and Technology Symposium. The Tiara Group (Ojai, Calif.). Phone: 805-659-2298; Fax: 805-659-1493; Web: iscst.org Denver, Colo. Sept. 11-13   Predictive Maintenance Technology Conference & Expo. Reliabilityweb.com (Fort Myers, Fla.). Phone: 305-735-3746; Fax: 309-423-7234;…

A completely new way to make reliable, space-saving piping systems

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co. (MHI; Mihara, Japan; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6515-531) has developed an integrated piping-and-instrument system, called M-iPIS, which makes small, complex piping systems from a single plate block. Analogous to the manufacturing of integrated circuit boards, M-iPIS realizes not only cost…