Category:Spring Meeting

May 6th, 2014

Challenges for Water Reuse in Hydraulic Fracturing Wells

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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Of the many issues confronting the boom in formation fracturing processes at natural gas and shale oil well heads, water use and reuse are among the most important. Todd Langford of GE Power & Water presented an overview of these challenges and current solutions.

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May 5th, 2014

High School Outreach at Spring Meeting in New Orleans

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On Wednesday April 2nd at Tulane University, more than 160 students from three high schools in the New Orleans area gathered to listen and learn from practicing chemical engineers during the AIChE high school outreach event as part of the Spring Meeting.

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May 1st, 2014

Your First Year as a Manager

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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If you are considering or have been offered a management position, how are things going to change for you? What is that first year going to be like? Dr. Jonathan Worstell outlined some answers to these questions and a framework for the transition of the new manager.

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April 30th, 2014

2014 Spring Poster Session: Darin Johnson, Ipex Double-Containment Piping

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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In the US, more than 3,200 hazardous materials listed by the EPA must be conveyed through double-containment pipes.

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April 29th, 2014

Bioconversion of Methane

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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Developing biological processes that yield bio-fuels that that are devoid of oxygen moieties, and thus don’t need to be upgraded, is some of the current work that is going on at Calysta Energy, as reported by their CTO, Dr. Josh Silverman.

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April 25th, 2014

YPs Tour Abita Brewery’s “Green” Facility

By Elizabeth J. H. Guenther | Comments (0)
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A group of 25 Young Professionals took a break from the AIChE Spring Meeting to take a tour of the Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, LA, and learned more about the green engineering behind the brewery’s operations.

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April 23rd, 2014

Electrochemical Processes for Bio-Oil Deoxygenation

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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Biomass fast pyrolysis yields oxygen rich (hydrogen deficient) hydrocarbons of inferior fuel quality. They contain upwards of 40 dry-weight % oxygen, whereas petroleum contains around 1%, so these bio-oils must be upgraded to be rightfully considered a replacement for liquid fossil fuels. Jack Ferrell of NREL’s National bioenergy Center spoke at the Spring Meeting about their program to develop electrochemical hydrodeoxygenation processes.

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April 22nd, 2014

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

By Martin Bergstedt | 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

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 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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