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Cover Stories Guidebook- 2016

Cover Stories Guidebook- 2016

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This guidebook provides concise, factual information that aids in solving real problems. The practical, how-to orientation of these articles ensures that they can be directly applied to chemical engineers’ daily jobs. Each article applies to a relatively broad section of the chemical process industries as opposed to focusing on just one niche.

Delivered in a PDF format, 143 pages.

Articles Include:

Harnessing Biotechnology: A Practical Guide

Biotechnology is increasingly proving its ability to address chemical industry challenges. An engineering focused approach — bioengineering — is vital to successful industrial application


Synthetic Biology for Chemical Production

Rapidly expanding computational power and decreasing costs for DNA sequencing and synthesis have made synthetic biology tools more accessible to chemical makers


Microreactors: Lessons Learned From Industrial Applications

Implementing microreactors in chemical production is quite a challenge. How these challenges can be met is described here


Considerations for Estimating the Costs of Pilot-Scale Facilities

The differences between industrial-scale facilities and pilot plants go beyond size, and these intricacies must be understood when estimating the costs associated with pilot-scale facilities


Evaluating Preliminary Investment Feasibility

Before any engineering or design work can take place, a project’s feasibility must be considered. Reasonably accurate costs can be obtained using the preliminary estimate methodologies presented here


Air Emissions: Overcoming Monitoring & Control Challenges

Modern technology tackles CPI’s air-emissions concerns


Superheater Problems in Steam Generators

Knowing the features of a good boiler will prevent problems associated with a poor design


Flooded Condenser Controls: Principles and Troubleshooting

Flooded condensers are the prime tower pressure-control methods for total condensers that generate only liquid products, and although these control methods can be troublesome, a good understanding of their principles will help achieve improved, trouble-free operations


Plant Functional Safety Requires IT Security

Cybersecurity is critical for plant safety. Principles developed for plant safety can be applied to the security of IT systems


Modern Rupture Discs Support Increased Plant Capacity

The use of today’s high-performance rupture disc designs can help to reduce many common operating problems and support increased throughput requirements


Alarm Management by the Numbers

Deeper understanding of common alarm-system metrics can improve remedial actions and result in a safer plant


Understand and Cure High Alarm Rates

Alarm rates that exceed an operator’s ability to manage them are common. This article explains the causes for high alarm rates and how to address them


Mixers: Four Innovations Worth a Closer Look

Many factors can impact the success of mixing in chemical process operations. The design breakthroughs profiled here address some of the most commonly encountered issues


Reliable Operation and Sealing of Agitators

Mechanical seals, as required by most vessel agitators, are systems sufficiently complex to warrant a good understanding by engineers and appropriate training for operators


Communication Technologies for Throttling Valve Control

Closed-loop control performance depends on the dynamic response of the controller, valve, measurement and process. Can wireless compete with conventional networks?


Piping Codes: What the CPI Engineer Should Know

An overview of the codes and standards that are most pertinent to chemical processing facilities


Advantages Gained in Automating Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plants

Process monitoring and automation can improve efficiencies in wastewater treatment systems. A number of parameters well worth monitoring, as well as tips for implementation are described


Challenges of Handling Filamentous and Viscous Wastewater Sludge

Excessive growth of filaments and biopolymers in activated sludge should be controlled in CPI wastewater-treatment plants, as both lead to sludge that is hard to handle. The sticky behavior of such sludge can be minimized by the addition of polyaluminum chloride

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