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October 11th, 2010
BACK TO BASICS: Understand the Fundamentals of Centrifugal Pumps (click here to read this article now) Efficient and reliable pumps can significantly improve a plant’s bottom line. This article reviews important concepts that a chemical engineer must understand and the factors that need to be considered when selecting radial-flow centrifugal pumps. INSTRUMENTATION: Use Multivariable Transmitters to Improve Flow Measurement Advances in multivariable transmitters allow more-accurate and more-repeatable flow measurements to be made over a wide range of conditions. Here’s how to select the device with the right capabilities for your applications. FLUIDS AND SOLIDS HANDLING: Reducing Risk When Sourcing Abroad Purchasing lower-cost process equipment from vendors in developing nations can be an attractive proposition in times of economic austerity. When sourcing outside local channels, keep the points discussed here in mind to avoid costly problems that go beyond economics. MANAGEMENT: Making Smarter Clean-Tech Investments Appropriate due diligence can help investors sort through the hype and identify the most viable ventures. News: Redefining "Sensitive Skin" … Carbon Nanotube Antennas Funnel Solar Energy into PV Cells … Self-Cleaning Technology Increases Solar Panel Efficiency … Blue Light Special: Design Speeds Algae Growth … Protein Nanocluster Coating Strengthens Implant Attachment … Perfecting the Nanocube … "Dry Water" Could Make Waves in Gas Storage … Graphite Foam Helps LED Lamps Keep Their Cool. Plus: Process Safety Beacon: Hazardous Material Storage and Shipment … What's New … Software … Product Digest: Plant Maintenance … Books … Institute News: New Fellows; Institute and Board of Directors Awards; New Virtual Section; Member News … Profile: A Successful Venture — Misti Ushio … Editorial … Letters … and More. The October 2010 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.