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    This presentation shows the advantages of ioXpress, an information systems solution. Included are comparisons of Lotus Notes and ioXpress software.
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    During the past decade, large efforts were made by the US chemical and petrochemical industries to implement and maintain effective process safety management (PSM) and responsible care programs.
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    This paper examines typical release conditions leading to aerosol formation in existing HF alkylation technology.
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    Making decisions about risks intrinsic to process safety design. Traditionally, to create a core design for a new process, engineers examine how the system could break down, determine the impact of system failures, and estimate their likelihood.
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    Chatter is most likely in vapor service, damage will most likely be due to large mechanical forces caused by the rapid valve closure and/or by PRV reduced flow capacity due to PRV damage.
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    Adequate Emergency Relief Systems (ERS) design can ensure the safety and integrity of the system. However, not all desired chemical reactions or unstable mixtures present the same level of risk, and accordingly, not all of them require the same level of effort and time for ERS design.
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    Qualify your design methods for high-viscosity two-phase relief systems against these simple benchmarks. High viscosity two-phase (HVTP) flow occurs in many industrial scale reactors, particularly when runaway reactions (e.g., during polymerizations) are vented through an emergency relief system.
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    The last few months have witnessed a high degree of focus on understanding and managing chemical reactivity to improve safety in process plants. These efforts have reinforced an important aspect of chemical reactivity, i.e. it is extremely complicated to try and list properties characterizing reactivity hazards. As an example, commercial explosives contain 2000 cal/g or more of energy
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    Identifies the main common audit findings analysis from 16 CPI facilities between 2010 and 2016 and compare them with U.S. OSHA’s PSM Standard.
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    It is a matter of considerable practical importance to recognize metastable, potentially hazardous chemical compositions so that suitable thermal hazard management means can be provided as a part of process safety management.
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    Exothermic reaction processing must be concerned with potential consequences when heat released by the reaction exceeds that removed by the reactor coolant system, a situation known commonly as a runaway reaction.
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    A modern perspective on the problem of vapor cloud and explosions is given. Particular emphasis is placed on the important practical problem of detonation hazards.
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    Based on previous incident investigations, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has concluded that reactive hazards pose a serious challenge to the Chemical Process Industry (CPI). Of the 167 uncontrolled chemical reactivity incidents reported between January 1980 and June 2001, CSB findings indicate that over 50% of chemicals involved in the incidents were not covered by existing OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) or EPA Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements.
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