7 Key Steps in Petrochemical Safety

Attending the PetChem Technology Forum in Houston I learned from engineering, operating company, supplier and consultant industry experts. I was fortunate enough to be presenting on Filtration Technology for Removing Solid Contaminant Fines from Water Scrubbing, Clarifier Effluent and Grey Water. I discussed technologies, applications, case histories and troubleshooting in petrochemical safety. Another of the presentations addressed safety and conducting safety audits. We all think we know…


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Importance of Good Professional Sense

Chemical Process Industry engineers don’t encounter ethical situations every day, fortunately. Yet, when we do, the decision-making is heavily weighted by our awareness of the importance of the potential safety, environmental and quality-control hazards associated with what we do. Photo by John Rourke on Unsplash Chemical Engineering tackled the topic of Engineering Ethics IQ in a special discussion last year. They also sought the opinions and comments of readers regarding specific…


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Ethical Engineers are Prepared

On the golf course recently, I was reminded of Brian Davis. Do you remember? In 2010, he called a two-stroke penalty on himself in tournament play. His violation, nudging a reed aside on the 18th, cost him $411,000 as he ultimately finished second to Jim Furyk. Photo by Courtney Cook on Unsplash Now, I haven't come close to winning a major tournament — although I did earn “closest to the hole” in a Gas Processors Tournament in Madrid, Spain. Nevertheless, when I hit the links I assiduously keep…


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Pertaining to Particle Size Analysis Methods

  Photo by Richard Horvath on Unsplash When I say “Particle Size,” you say “Analysis.” When I say “Particle Size,” you say _________. Who says we can’t have fun with particle size analysis methods? I know BHS-Sonthofen’s latest A&SoF newsletter has some interesting reads on the topic. Focusing on particle size and shape and their impacts on solid-liquid separation, we share some current industry insights on the topic. Drawing on resources from Mettler-Toledo and Micromeritics, we hope…


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Cookies are yummy, but avoid cookie-cutters.

Photo by Christina Branco on Unsplash We can all agree that cookies are yummy. Cookie monster is not the only creature out there who loves to chow down on a tasty chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin (my favorite are Thin Mints). What is not so good, though, is using a cookie-cutter approach to problem solving and filtration tests. In filtration testing and scaling-up to commercial size, it’s important to not “jump to conclusions" that the familiar approach is going to work best. Laboratory/bench…