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Using microwaves to make ammonia

Ammonia is becoming more crucial for the energy transition as renewable-power producers look to its potential as a means for energy storage. Typically made using the energy-intensive Haber Bosch (HB) process, solutions for decarbonizing NH3 typically involve the adoption of…

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Optimizing Fluidized-Bed Drying Processes

Modern control technologies and industrial automation strategies can help processors use fluidized-bed dryers to drive competitiveness and profitability The ability of fluidized-bed dryers to achieve exceptional performance and deliver high-quality results in the controlled, gentle and homogeneous drying of wet…

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Rotary Drum Maintenance

Follow these nine recommendations to establish a strong program for preventive maintenance of rotary drums in drying, cooling and other treatments of bulk solids Maximizing efficiency is increasingly a critical priority for plant managers, leading many to move away from…

Observing particle concentrations and velocities inside a fluidized bed

Fluidized beds are used in a variety of industries for combustion, drying, catalytic cracking and other processes. However, the process that occurs inside a fluidized bed is extremely complex and — due to a lack of effective measurement techniques —…

Impact of Particle-Size Control on Bulk-Solids Flow Behavior

Crushing and screening of solids are essential to many solids-handling processes, but engineers must be mindful about how those actions will affect flow behavior of the bulk material When it comes to processing bulk solids, (particle) size matters. Almost all…

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Facts At Your Fingertips: Standard Masses for Calibration of Weighing Instruments

 Accurately and efficiently weighing raw materials and reagents is a key part of many chemical processes, research projects and laboratory analysis. Poor weighing accuracy can contribute to lost revenue, increased labor costs and lower product quality. Calibration of weighing instruments…

Recently Published Books for the CPI: July 2023

The following is a list of recently published books that may be relevant to professionals in the chemical process industries (CPI).  Turquoise Hydrogen: An Effective Pathway to Decarbonization and Value Added Carbon Materials. Edited by Matteo Pelucchi and Matteo Maestri,…

Bulk Solids Centers Support Research and Education

Bulk-solids handling is a critical aspect of many product manufacturing processes throughout the CPI, but the field is often underappreciated. Research centers that specialize in bulk-solids handling and particle technology are important resources for expanding knowledge and solving technical challenges…

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Pneumatic Conveying Basics

Pneumatic conveying is a versatile method for transporting powders and other solid materials within chemical process plants. Success depends on understanding science and applying specific experience Undergraduate engineering programs include little instruction about powder handling. While there may be some…

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Facts at your Fingertips: Air-Moving Equipment for Pneumatic Conveying

In a typical bulk-solids pneumatic-conveying system, an air mover is used to generate the necessary air flowrate and pressure required to transport a solid material through a pipeline at a given rate. This one-page reference discusses the operating mechanisms and…