Feature Report Guidebook- 2019



Chemical Engineering’s Feature Reports provide 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 story applies to a relatively broad section of the chemical process industries as opposed to focusing on just one niche.

Delivered in a PDF format, 106 pages. Articles Include:

Protecting Instruments from Overpressure
Overpressure in a process can damage the seals in a pressure instrument’s sensor or skew the zero point. Here’s how to avoid the problem

Prevent Product Release with Pressure Protection Systems
Closing off pressure upstream can minimize the need for pressure-relief systems to open, avoiding product waste and possible environmental damage

Field Performance Testing for Centrifugal Compressors
Determining the field performance of centrifugal compressors can benefit operation and maintenance of the equipment. Presented here is an overview of the parameters that must be measured and calculated for effective testing

Liquid Mixing in Stirred Tanks
A method of quantifying mixing according to a mixing index is presented. This index can evaluate and predict mixing intensity related to fluid velocities in stirred tanks

Beyond Simple Mixing
Five different examples are presented in which specialty mixers are used to perform tasks more efficiently than conventional approaches

Considerations for Industrial Gas Purification
Purity requirements and gas properties require different methods for the purification of industrial gases. Provided here are key considerations for selecting gas purification technology

Tailgas Considerations for Biogas Upgrading
Thermal oxidation is used to destroy tailgas from biogas-upgrading facilities. Presented here are guidelines for selecting the proper method

Interpreting Normalized Profitability Metrics
Normalized profitability metrics provide a basis for comparing the efficiency of capital investments, but they are often misunderstood. New interpretations of these metrics can help engineers to make more informed decisions

Commercializing Process Technologies
New technologies can provide competitive advantages compared to established processes, but significant effort is required to transition a promising concept into a commercial reality

A Concise Guide to IBCs
When properly selected and stored, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) can be used to safely transport products in the chemical process industries

Selecting, Handling and Maintaining IBCs
A number of factors are involved in selecting the right intermediate bulk container (IBC). An overview is presented here

Professional Calibration Supports Operational Excellence
Apart from ensuring the conformity of the process and the quality of the product, professional calibration, first and foremost, improves the quality of the process

Unified Operational Environment Improves Process Safety
A unified gateway station and related components increase availability to improve operations and safety

The Value of Safety Instrumented Systems
A safety instrumented system (SIS) is important to ensure the safe operation of a plant. The SIS requires up-to-date sensors — recent developments in vortex flowmeters are presented here

Modern Instrumentation Simplifies Maintenance
Built-in diagnostics and condition monitoring improve maintenance, process reliability and plant availability

The Role of Frequency in Radar Level Measurement
No single frequency is suitable for all applications in the CPI. Understanding the principles behind the technology will help in selecting the right device

Heat Exchangers: Designing for Supercritical Fluid Service
Working with supercritical fluids poses challenges when designing heat exchangers. Some practical tips and precautions are presented here

ASTM Standards For Heat Transfer Fluids
This practical overview of ASTM standards can serve as a roadmap when selecting and evaluating heat transfer fluids

Seal Selection: Ensure Regulator Performance in Low-Temperature Applications
In low-temperature conditions, the use of compatible sealing materials is essential for leak-tight operation and proper functionality of pressure-regulating devices

Pump Sealing for Hazardous Chemicals
Pumping hazardous chemicals requires specific shaft-sealing technologies to ensure containment and reliability

A Primer on Reciprocating Metering Pump Technologies
Understanding what technology is available is a first step towards selecting the right pump for metering applications