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February 8th, 2013
CAREER CORNER: Managing Your Career Transition (click here to read this article now) In February, CEP launches a new bimonthly column, Career Corner, by Loraine Kasprzak of Advantage Marketing Consulting Services. The inaugural article offers advice on assessing your strengths and interests, and developing the knowledge and skills to succeed in your new position. HEAT TRANSFER: Consider Recycled Water for Your Cooling Tower Makeup Many types of "used" water may be appropriate as cooling tower makeup. Here's how to determine which waters are suitable and cost-effective for the equipment in your cooling system. REACTIONS AND SEPARATIONS: Use Quantitative Gamma Scans to Troubleshoot Maldistribution on Trays Quantitative, multichordal gamma-scan analysis is invaluable for diagnosing maldistribution and channeling in distillation columns. The graphical tool introduced here is a convenient way to visually represent the data. SAFETY: Beware of the Dangers of Cold Traps Cold traps — steam traps that no longer drain condensate from the system — are often ignored in lieu of less-critical leaking traps, until a catastrophic event, such as a plant shutdown or personal injury, occurs. Use historical data to accurately estimate the annual cost of these cold traps to justify their swift repair. BACK TO BASICS: Avoid Problems with Units of Measurements Engineers need to clearly understand units, and be able to convert, express, document, and communicate them in correspondence, operating instructions, and publications. GLOBAL OUTLOOK: Denmark's Chemicals Industry: Progress and Challenges Denmark's chemicals industry is characterized by a variety of innovative companies, especially in the life sciences. To remain competitive, Denmark's companies must continue to invest in innovation, and universities must fill a growing need for highly educated and skilled engineering professionals. News: Now Available: High-Performance Carbon Nanotube Fibers … Shape-Shifting Film Harvests Energy from Water … Fireflies Share Their Light Tricks with LEDs … Tissue Adhesives Are Inspired by the Prickly Porcupine … Peel and Stick: Solar Band-Aid Provides On-the-Go Energy … AIChE Journal Highlight: Genome Mapping: Chemical Engineers Wanted … and more. Plus: What's New … Product Digest: Materials … Software … Process Safety Beacon: What is Supporting Your Equipment? … Spotlight on Safety: The Importance of Considering the Highly Improbable (a.k.a. Black Swan Events) ... Profile: A Chemical Engineering Powerhouse … Institute News. The February 2013 issue of CEP is now available online. AIChE members receive access to CEP, including a searchable archive of issues dating back to 2001, online at http://www.aiche.org/cep.