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April 22nd, 2014

2014 Spring Poster Session: Deb Grubbe, Near-Miss Management

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
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During the 2014 Spring Meeting Poster Session in New Orleans, Deb Grubbe of Near-Miss Management took a moment to talk to us about the company’s Dynamic Risk Analyzer.

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April 21st, 2014

Fracking Attracting Increased Interest in Chemical Engineering at NCSU

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
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Fracking has brought positive change to the energy industry as well as to many of the chemical engineering programs that support the industry. Recently,  AIChE 2014 Past President Phil Westmoreland and two students from NC State University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering were interviewed by Time Warner Cable […]

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April 21st, 2014

Membrane Catalytic Reactors for Healthy Eating!

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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Because of the limitations inherent in current liquid hydrogenation technologies, the hydrodeoxygenation of pyrolysis bio-oils is proposed to be accomplished using a catalyzed membrane reactor. During preliminary trials with vegetable oils, an unexpected benefit was discovered in that the system yielded much less trans fats in the end product.

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April 18th, 2014

April 2014 CEP Preview

By Karen Simpson | Comments (0)
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This month, CEP turns an eye to industrial water reuse. You’ll also find best practices for pilot-plant piping, a look at Italy’s chemical industry, and much more.

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April 17th, 2014

Texas Breaks Oil Production Records

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Texas oil producers pumped 2.8 million barrels a day in January, the 28th month since August 2011 that the state’s oil output has increased by more than 25%.

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April 16th, 2014

Meet Joseph Reckamp — Featured Student for April

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
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Meet Joseph Reckamp and learn about his plan for a three-year degree in chemical engineering at Villanova, and hear about his plans after graduation.

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April 15th, 2014

Interview with Ralph King: Transmitting Process Safety Knowledge

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
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Ralph King, a senior staff consultant at Stress Engineering Services, discusses the tutorial he presented at GCPS, which aims to encourage the effective transmission of collective knowledge about industry risk and safety.

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April 14th, 2014

Meagan Lewis Interviews Spring Speaker TJ Larkin

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
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2014 Spring Meeting Co-chair Meagan Lewis had a chance to chat with TJ Larkin, who spoke at the spring meeting on “Shale Oil & Gas – Don’t Let Communication Mistakes Cause an Accident.”

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April 14th, 2014

Modular Reactor Systems for Remote Waste-Gas Conversion

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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The difficulties in capturing and efficiently utilizing flare gas in the Northern Shale Oil fields are primarily ones of scale and lack of infrastructure. The Ceramatec corporation is working on cost effective modular solutions to this challenge of energy conservation and conversion.

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April 11th, 2014

China Doubles Down on New Thorium Reactor

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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As smoggy skies over China thicken into soup and life spans plummet, leaders recently pushed to develop a revolutionary thorium nuclear reactor in only 10 years.

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