Category Archives: Chemical Engineering General

General interest to chemical engineers.

Value Improvement Practices (VIP) Guide Words

A Value Improvement Process (VIP) session, also known as Value Engineering, is a meeting that tries to analyze a design and find ways to improve the “value” the project provides to those undertaking it. This usually means saving money, but … Continue reading

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Chemical Plant Safety Tips Easily Forgotten

Today, a handful of safety lessons which are easy to forget when visiting a chemical plant: Dangerous chemicals: Every plant worth its salt will have Material Safety Datasheets (MSDSs) in prominent locations, and proper training, for each hazard. These sheets … Continue reading

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“Learning” Spanish in 10 seconds

With the growing opportunities in Latin America, I've found myself having to deal with the occasional document in Spanish, despite never having taken so much as a high school class in Español. (I ended up with another language instead.) In … Continue reading

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Engineering & Business Magazine Reviews

I get a lot of work-related magazines across my desk, and definitely have my preferences in what I find useful as a process engineer & consultant. I thought I would share my narrow, heavily biased opinions, because maybe it will … Continue reading

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Skills, process descriptions, and solved problems at the Enggcyclopedia

An excellent resource on process, instrumentation, and piping engineering: the Engineering Design Encyclopedia. Whether you're looking for a sample heat exchanger calculation, just learning what the term flow meter means, or trying to discover how a sulfur recovery unit works, … Continue reading

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