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Taking on the High Cost of Corrosion

Posted on October 16th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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The problem of America’s aging infrastructure is one that we hear lamented on a regular basis.

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Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 9 – Economics (Atomizing Air vs. Atomizing Steam Production)

Posted on October 13th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Previous posts discussed incineration, atomization, stack losses and plant air production. From previous discussion, atomizing approximately 210 lb/min of liquid waste would require approximately 70 lb/min of atomization gas, which corresponds to 4200 lb/hr of steam or 933 cfm (70 lb/min / 0.075 lb/ft3) of atomizing air. Continue reading “Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 9 – Economics (Atomizing Air vs. Atomizing Steam Production)” »

Bio-inspired Materials: The Conch Shell

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

From the very first wheel, the process of engineering has always been deeply inspired by nature. The Wright brothers, for example, spent hours studying the flight of birds before designing their airplane.

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Make America Make Again

Posted on October 11th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

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Even the most innovative idea will remain just that if no one figures out how to make it. National Manufacturing Day encourages the next generation of makers. Continue reading “Make America Make Again” »

Save time, get ahead of safety and process risks and improve business results with new Knovel

Posted on October 10th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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Access to the right insights and answers is critical so that engineers can create systems and processes to prevent problems arising and quickly solve problems that can’t be avoided. We’re proud that Knovel has long-served as a valuable resource for engineers Continue reading “Save time, get ahead of safety and process risks and improve business results with new Knovel” »

US chemical stock prices surge on Harvey impact, even with start-ups

Posted on October 9th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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US chemical stock prices are surging amid the start-up of two world-scale projects by DowDuPont and Chevron Phillips Chemical, as markets shrug off fears of new supply amid product tightness in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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