As the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, life remains far from normal in many areas of the Gulf Coast. Amid the destruction, though, some hard-hit chemical plants provide proof of what can be accomplished.
Because many environmental applications of nanotechnology will almost certainly revolutionize the science, law, and regulation of water pollution, readers are urged to keep abreast of this fast-changing area.
"Bad actor" pumps are those pumps that have trouble with frequent and repetitive failures. In many cases, the source of the problem is an ANSI pump trying valiantly to handle a liquid well beyond the range of its design rating.of 300 degs. F.
Outsourcing of non-core operations within a company, large or small, is now a well established corporate strategy. By entrusting services such as IT support, accounting, human resources and other back office activities to specialist firms prepared to do the job at an acceptable price, chemical companies can concentrate on their main business where they are the specialists. That's the theory, at least.
A recent poll provides an industrial perspective and points up its troubling implications. As many universities are discovering, science and technology arent as popular as they once were. It's your job to spread the word, however small.
Author: Mike Spear, editor at large, Hertfordshire, U.K.
Nanotechnology is grabbing headlines these days and the growing prospects of its use is spurring increasing attention to safety issues. This article examines the worldwide reaction to burgeoning popularity of the technology and what safety concerns are legit.
Residue curve mapping is a powerful tool to better understand the design and operation of distillation columns. This article describes how to use residue curve maps to check the feasibility of separation of homogeneous mixtures and for developing the conceptual design of towers.
No manufacturers claim, third-party analysis or certification report reduces the users responsibility for determining that a product is fit for its purpose. Make sure to properly balance analysis and testing information with field experience.
Author: Angela E. Summers and Susan Wiley, SIS-TECH Solutions, LP
Chemical Processing's Plant Innovation Award recognizes ordinary engineers for solving difficult technical problems with creativity and dogged determination. Praxair's Geismar plant gains this year's honor for optimizing the performance of reforming units.
Chemical processors face significant challenges in controlling fugitive emissions. The emissions escape from valves, compressors, pumps, piping components, etc. It is a difficult task, but necessary to avoid penalties and other liability.