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December 15, 2007
More detail needed for VLE method I read with interest Mr. Bahadori’s article in Chemical Engineering (August 2007; pp. 47 – 51) on the above subject. His new approach stated the algorithm for determining K i’s, x i’s and y i’s. However, he didn’t provide the constant values of A i, B i, C i, and D i or state where or how these constant values in Eq. (2 – 6) can be...
November 15, 2007
Standardization is a challenging but necessary path in the chemical process industries (CPI), whether it pertains to pumps, process equipment or one of the most-recent focuses and topic of this month’s Cover Story (p. 34), wireless instrumentation and control. Without standardization, a lack of interoperability can nearly defeat the noble purposes that untethered instrumentation and control is...
October 1, 2007
Throughout the +100-year history of the chemical engineering profession, there have been numerous examples of a single individual making a breakthrough discovery or contributing a key theory to the field. The awareness of such “single-handed” contributions, however, has certainly diminished in recent years. An increasing proportion of research, even at the academic level, is sponsored by...
September 1, 2007
Today’s chemical process industries (CPI) are riding on the tails of the best four-year stretch that the global economy has seen since the late 1960s or early 1970s. Engineering workloads in North America have at least tripled in the last 18 months or so; in Europe and Japan, they’ve doubled; and growth in China is off the charts by Western standards, according to research from Daratech, Inc...
August 1, 2007
For the 12th straight year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized efforts in developing less-toxic alternatives to existing technologies and reducing or eliminating waste in the manufacturing process. The 2007 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, which are described briefly below (Source: EPA), were presented earlier this summer at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. The...
July 1, 2007
Throughout Chemical Engineering’s (CE) 105-year history, a host of great editors have served the chemical process industries (CPI) with timely, practical information. As that legacy continues, we are proud to reacquaint you with a few familiar faces and introduce you to those that you do not know. Rebekkah J. Marshall has been promoted from Managing Editor to Editor in Chief. Ms...
June 1, 2007
The impact of the chemical process industries (CPI) is much farther reaching than just the products that they produce. With respect for the power of the materials they handle, the CPI must act responsibly, considering factors that can affect workers, the community and the environment. A recent visit to two of Degussa’s production facilities in the U.S. gave an inside look as to how one company...
April 1, 2007
It's a simple matter of fact: a chemical process plant operates by the products and services of numerous - and, unavoidably, competing - vendors. Since the resulting compatibility issues only hamper productivity, vendors, EPC firms and owner/operators alike tried to put their differences aside to address interoperability, at this year's DaratechPlant (Houston; January 29-31; daratech.com). Standardization...
March 1, 2007
Readers of this publication will be saddened to learn that Nicholas P. Chopey, Chemical Engineering's Editor-In-Chief, passed away February 26th at the age of 74 in Elizabeth, N.J. The cause was complications with lymphatic cancer. Mr. Chopey, who was known to most of us as Nick, was a pillar of the Chemical Engineering (CE) editorial team for more than 47 years - the longest tenure of any editor in this...
February 1, 2007
As chemical process technology and the process industries advance, it can be useful to occasionally glance backward, to see what technical issues have preoccupied our readers in the past. In that vein, this is an apt moment to look back again at some news examples, chosen basically at random, mostly from our pages over the past few years. Some emerging issues become more or less permanently relevant...
January 1, 2007
Do you know of a firm — perhaps your own employer — that has recently commercialized an innovative process, product, or other chemical-engineering development? If so, we would like to hear from you. Nominations are open for this magazine’s 2007 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award. We aim to honor the most-noteworthy chemical engineering technology...
January 1, 2007
As the new year opens, Chemical Engineering is gearing up to offer a broad range of articles, products, activities and opportunities, print and offline alike (including electronic products) for our readers. Here are some of the highlights. As is the case every year, we plan to publish 24 feature reports in CE, on a diverse range of practical topics. Here is a sampling: • Safety in solids handling...
December 1, 2006
Hardly a day goes by that there is not some story in the daily press related to climate change. This was especially true last month, due to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change taking place in Nairobi, Kenya (November 6–17). Personally, I’ve become desensitized by daily reports about “the latest scientific findings” citing evidence either for or against the premise that...
November 1, 2006
Last month, the American Chemical Society (ACS) celebrated its 19th annual National Chemistry Week, a community-based program that aims to communicate how chemistry benefits quality of life. The initiative goes hand-in-hand with the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC’s) “essential2” advertising campaign, launched a little more than a year ago to inform law and policy makers about how...
November 1, 2006
Last month, the American Chemical Society (ACS) celebrated its 19th annual National Chemistry Week, a community-based program that aims to communicate how chemistry benefits quality of life. The initiative goes hand-in-hand with the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC’s) “essential₂” advertising campaign, launched a little more than a year ago to inform law and policy makers about...
October 1, 2006
Once a year, a hundred or so upper-echelon managers of U.S. chemical-process companies go through a long-standing ritual: as they dress up for an annual award dinner sponsored by the American Section of the Soc. of Chemical Industry (SCI) a key feature of their attire is a mauve necktie. Mauve is far from being a conventional, let alone fashionable, color in the male wardrobe. But then, this event...
September 1, 2006
Any time experts invest effort in recommending directions for research and development with relevance for chemical engineering, their work seems worth a close look. Thus, this Editor’s Page has welcomed chances to air such recommendations as: Technology Vision 2020: the U.S. Chemical Industry (January 2001, p. 7) and the U.S. National Academies’ Beyond the Molecular Frontier: Challenges...
June 1, 2006
In families, organizations or nations, it can happen that when leaders at the top do not lead, those supposedly led take things into their own hands. That seems like an adequate, if imprecise, summary of how the largely regional, state-level and corporate response to global warming has recently been shaping up in the U.S. The details of facing up to CO2 and other greenhouse gases are spelled out in the...
May 1, 2006
This latest rise in petroleum prices is in the news because of its impact on the consumer, particularly the automobile-driving (or SUV-driving) consumer. Geopolitical tensions triggered by some oil-producer nations have been helping to fuel that price rise, and these tensions bring more urgency to the need — so often stated! — for nations, companies and individual consumers alike to cut back...
March 1, 2006
Last August, the comments on this page saluted recent achievements of BASF Corp., Merck, Archer Daniels Midland and other winners of the U.S.’s 2005 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Program, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (Green-chemistry feats bring in the gold, CE, August 2005, p. 7). In light of today’s high interest in, and the clear desirability of, such usage of...
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