Process Engineering White Papers

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  • Practical Aspects of Dividing Wall Columns

    With the emphasis on doing more with less, aka process intensification, over the past several years, dividing wall columns have become a mainstream tool for separations. In the appropriate circumstances, dividing wall designs can provide substantial savings on both capital costs and energy consumption. This white paper from Sulzer puts dividing wall technology and its application into practical terms and explains why, when, and how to use it.

    Download the whitepaper now.

    Sulzer
    12/07/2016
  • Modern Design Considerations for Pressure Relief Systems

    Maintaining constant control of pressure in chemical processing and refining equipment is vital in order to avoid the risk of catastrophic damage, injuries, and environmental risks. This paper from Fike outlines the importance of assessing process risks and designing effective pressure relief systems accordingly and provides guidance to ensure that your systems are up to the task.

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    Fike
    12/01/2016
  • Continuous Vacuum Filtration Technologies for Sulfuric and Hydrochloric Acid Slurries

    This white paper discusses highly acidic chemical process slurries and the use of continuous vacuum filtration technologies for filtration, cake washing and drying.

    First, the basics and benefits of continuous vacuum filtration technologies are reviewed followed by case-studies. In this first process, the precipitated solids are in sulfuric acid slurry. The challenge is to process 2200 kg/hour of dry solids for filtration, counter-current washing and drying in a contained environment.

    In this second process, the objective is to process precipitated solids in an hydrochloric acid slurry. The white paper concludes with a framework for vacuum technology selection and how this can be applied to other toxic and difficult chemical process filtrations.

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    BHS Filtration
    10/18/2016
  • eHandbook: Succeed at Process Safety

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook examines some of today’s Process Safety challenges for chemical manufacturers and some of the best practices that can be implemented to make your operations safer.

    Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:

    • Walk the Line: Company-wide initiative eliminates operator line-up errors. Learn the steps to recognize the errors and implement the solutions.
    • Succeed at Process Safety Management: Follow ten rules to ensure an effective long-term program to make your operations safer.
    • Properly Pump Condensable Vapors: Each system has benefits and limitations as well as special considerations for handling hazards mixtures. Find out what you need to know!.
    • More!


    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Process Safety eHandbook now.

    09/29/2016
  • eHandbook: Enhance Water/Wastewater Efficiency

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook examines some of today’s efficiency challenges for chemical manufacturers and some of the best practices that can be implemented to help along the way.

    Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:

    • More Efficient Wastewater Treatment Looms: New technologies could lead to greener, less-expensive manufacturing processes.
    • Keep Calm and Save Water: Processors adopt diverse approaches to cut consumption.
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Water/Wastewater eHandbook now.



    09/14/2016
  • eHandbook: Understand Control and Other Issues in Level Measurement

    Are you challenged by level measurement issues? Are you looking for more information on control and performance?

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers are finding level measurement solutions. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook and gain access to these articles:

    • Neglect Level Control at Your Peril: This first article in a four-part series examines reset mode tuning issues.
    • Be Levelheaded About Surge-Tank Control: Vessels used to smooth out flow pose special tuning issues.
    • Understand Ultrasonic Sensor Performance: Frequency, beam patterns and a target’s reflection characteristics all play a role.
    • Get Data Where and When You Need It: Advances in level sensor technology help to improve inventory management.
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Level Measurement eHandbook now.

    07/20/2016
  • CP Pollution Control eHandbook: Preclude Pollution Problems

    Are you looking for proactive solutions to pollution issues? Pondering 2016 regulation challenges? Looking to improve safety, sustainability and cost savings? Considering how to select the right VOC abatement method?

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers can meet some of the challenges of Pollution Control issues before they start. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:

    • 2016 Presents Regulation Challenges: Legislation will focus on unfinished business, work plan chemicals and green chemistry efforts?
    • Plants Plug Away at Leaks: The quest for improved safety, sustainability and cost savings drives efforts to reduce fugitive emissions.
    • Select the Right VOC Abatement Method: There’s no one-size-fits-all approach and use varies greatly by application.
    • Increase Sustainability with Thermal Oxidation: The right emission control system can help meet compliance and reduce energy costs.
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Pollution Control eHandbook now.

    06/21/2016
  • eHandbook: Address Wastewater Challenges

    Are you challenged by wastewater issues? Looking to improve your water quality and cut costs? Wondering about biological water treatment? Thinking about on-site testing to verify equipment performance?

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers are meeting some of the challenges of today’s wastewater issues. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:

    • Refinery Tackles Water Issues: Skid-mounted treatment unit improves water quality and cuts costs.
    • Really Get Bugged: Biological treatment can handle many industrial wastewater streams.
    • On-Site Tests Verify Equipment Performance: Two-stage water treatment pilot study established an effective chemical coagulation protocol.
    • More!

    Download your eHandbook now.

    06/15/2016
  • How do NACE Standards Help You to Beat Corrosion?

    Salt water, sour gas and other corrosives play havoc with metallic instruments and vessels. However, the use of correct materials can prevent failures and resulting damage. So where can you find guidance as to how to select the right metals? The National Association of Chemical Engineers (NACE International) sets standards "To protect people, assets and the environment from corrosion". Learn more about NACE and their processes by viewing this paper.

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    Ashcroft
    05/24/2016
  • Increasing Efficiency During Dewatering

    Identifying the optimal solids content of wastewater sludge, slurries and cakes can provide significant cost savings on chemical additives, haulage and incineration. It also helps optimize process control and ensure a consistent final product.

    There are several methods to test for solids content during the dewatering process. This paper will briefly explain the differences between the various methods and will be followed by an experiment to test the most common form of solids analysis - the oven method - against the advanced technology of the Computrac® MAX® 4000XL Rapid Loss-on-Drying Moisture and Solids Analyzer. The MAX® 4000XL will prove to be just as accurate as the standard reference method while being significantly faster and less dependent on operator technique.

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    Arizona Instrument LLC
    05/17/2016
  • eHandbook: Keep Your Cool about Steam Systems

    Are you feeling stressed about your steam systems? Feeling challenged by issues such as energy loss, hot surfaces, plant downtime and personal injury risks?

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how to keep your cool when things get hot in your steam system management. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook to discover insights and information on:

    • Improving Insulation: Hot surfaces can lead to significant energy losses and pose personal injury risks.
    • Don’t Get Steamed: Avoid plant downtime and potential injuries by addressing steam-generation chemistry issues.
    • Changing Your Approach to Steam System Management: Improve plant productivity and reduce unplanned downtime with this three-step process.
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Steam System eHandbook now!

    05/12/2016
  • How Signal-to-Noise Ratio Impacts Guided Wave Radar Performance

    Guided wave radar (GWR) technology has been used successfully in industrial applications for over a decade. But not all applications are created equal. There are many factors that determine whether a GWR transmitter will perform well in a given application. One especially significant factor is the difference between the desired signal from a level surface and unwanted reflections that interfere with this signal, known as “signal-to-noise ratio.” Learn how signal-to-noise ratio can impact the performance of GWR transmitters.
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    Magnetrol
    05/03/2016
  • eHandbook: Tackle Refining Industry Challenges

    Are you feeling stressed about how to navigate current refining industry challenges? The downstream oil sector has had more than its share of ups and downs recently. Market dynamics, regulatory forces, and advancing technologies are keeping the refining industry on its toes.

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how the refining industry is rising to today’s challenges. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook to discover insights and strategies including:

    • Rising to the Challenges of Today’s Refining Industry: Focus on performance sustainability and safety to navigate a volatile market.
    • Taming Your Transient Operations: Use a special method to identify and address potential hazards.
    • Minimize Oil and Gas Refinery Downtime: Shutdown and turnaround logistics become easier to coordinate with operational planning tools.
    • Take the Guesswork Out of Corporate Safety: Several key elements help drive long-term success of world-class safety programs.
    • Improve Vacuum Tower Performance: Advanced temperature measurements can help increase yield and product quality.
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Refining eHandbook now!

     

    04/27/2016
  • CP eHandbook: Waylay Water System Woes

    This Chemical Processing Water/WastewatereHandbook, Waylay Water Systems Woes, takes a look at how manufacturers are meeting some of today’s water system challenges. Are you faced with the challenge of properly applying plastic piping? Is PH troubleshooting concerning you? Would you like to learn more about treating condensate water with activated coconut based carbon?

    Download this Chemical ProcessingeHandbook nowfor insights and strategies including:

    • Properly Applying Plastic Piping: Use of such piping requires careful consideration of a number of issues.
    • Succeed at PH Troubleshooting: Heed some pointers to properly diagnose the cause of a problem.
    • Treat Condensate Water with Activated Carbon: High-purity coconut based carbons reduce silica leach, rinsing requirements

    Download your copy of the Chemical Processing eHandbook: Waylay Water System Woes now.

    03/16/2016
  • Special Report: Effectively Deal With Waste Gas

    Waste gas incinerators react oxygen with waste hydrocarbons at high temperature to produce a clean flue gas. A perfect incinerator would have a destruction and removal efficiency (DRE) of 100%, zero fuel usage and zero emission of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. A small amount of the original hydrocarbons always remains, though. If 1% is left, the DRE is 99%. Some CO and NOx always are produced, too. However, NOx emissions are lower for a regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) than for almost any other type of thermal oxidizer. With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local air boards requiring DRE values from 95% upward, effectively dealing with waste gas means ensuring compliance with the added benefit of reduced energy costs. In this Special Report we take a look at how an RTO often can offer an effective and fuel-efficient options for cutting the cost of waste gas incineration, how technologies transform greenhouse gas into a feedstock for chemicals, how the right emission control system can help meet compliance and reduce energy costs and several steps that play a crucial role for setting up an effective greenhouse gas monitoring plan. Download now.

    Durr
    11/12/2015
  • Keep Your Pressure Instruments Safe from Corrosion

    Failure of a pressure instrument due to corrosion can lead to the expulsion of volatile liquids and gases into the surrounding environment. Understanding the causes of corrosion and preventative measures is crucial to operators. To help counter this threat, valuable information is available from dedicated organizations. Learn about these resources and gain the insight you’ll need to protect your people, processes and profits. Download now.

    Ashcroft
    10/13/2015
  • eHandbook: Put the Spotlight on Process Safety

    How do we make safety in our processes second nature? The concept of inherent safety goes beyond simply not having materials that potentially could damage the pipes, vessels and equipment that make up manufacturing facilities. We need to understand all the ways those materials can be involved in incidents that harm people, the environment and our facilities.

    Without a thorough understanding of those scenarios and how they can occur, we can’t properly evaluate the risks posed by different technological approaches and effectively apply inherently safer technologies.

    In this Chemical Processing Process Safety eHandbook, we delve in to what it means to embrace the concept of inherent safety and provide tips for safer processing including:

    • A variety of strategies that can eliminate hazards from operations
    • Improving alarm management – how adopting a pragmatic approach can achieve significant benefits
    • A rational approach to combustible dust explosion protection

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Process Safety eHandbook now.

    10/07/2015
  • Training Your Staff About Energy Efficiency -- A Chemical Processing Special Report

    From process engineers to plant managers, it is critical that everyone plays a role in implementing and adhering to energy efficient practices and exploring ways to improve energy efficiency. This special report takes an in-depth look at how organizations can increase profitability by educating and training their staff to understand the importance of energy. Topics covered include:

    • Energy Saver- Educate Your Peers
    • Train Your Operators on Energy Efficiency
    • Train Your Project Manager on Energy Efficiency
    • Train Your Plant Manager on Energy Efficiency
    • Some training courses are worth the price
    • Energy Saver: Do Your Own Stream Survey
    • Direct Stream Injection Hot Water Systems for Jacketed Heating
    • Innovation in Direct Stream Injection Heaters Since 1945

    Pick Heaters
    10/06/2015
  • Wastewater eHandbook: Avoid the Whirlpool

    Today’s global challenges — climate change, water scarcity, food provision, declining ecosystem services, human development, and the overall transition to a sustainable society and planet — require solutions of unprecedented scale. Public policy and behavior change will play a significant role in addressing these challenges. So, too, will business and technology. In the decades ahead, these challenges offer tremendous opportunity for organizations that can contribute to tackling them.

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers are meeting these challenges head on. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:

    • How organizations such as Dow, Solvay, Dupont and BP are adapting strategies for their water conservation efforts;
    • How a new purification process that’s carbon-negative and energy-positive can save energy;
    • Why sustainability metrics spur product development efforts to improve conservation efforts
    • More!

    Download the eHandbook now.

    09/16/2015
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