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Assumptions – Their Necessity And Their Pitfalls In Engineering Design

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 03 October 2010 - - - - - - · 5,384 views

When I first started working in engineering design I came to know the real significance of the word "assume".
But can we avoid assumptions? The practical view point is that you cannot avoid assumptions during the initial phase of engineering design. Let us understand why it is necessary to assume during the initial stages of...


Petroleum Technology Part 3 - The Process And Technology Of Cracking

Posted by ankur2061 , in Technical 02 October 2010 - * * * * - · 11,392 views
petroleum, engineering, cracking
Dear All,

It is time to present the third and concluding part of Petroleum Technology which is the last of what I compiled about 6 years ago. Technology changes overnight in present times. Readers may find a few things that are some what outdated, and I would like them to give me some leeway considering that this write-up was written quite some time back....


Do You Take Decisions And Do You Own Up To Them - Chemical Engineering Perspective

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 26 September 2010 - - - - - - · 2,657 views
making, decisions, engineering and 1 more...
I do not claim to have knowledge of the subject of human psychology, but working 25 years in the chemical process industry I have seen two kinds of engineers and managers both in the operations and engineering side. The first kind who take decisions and own up to them, and which I try to emulate but not always successfully, and the second kind who avoid...


Difference In The Mind Set Of Operations And Design Engineers

Posted by ankur2061 , in Technical 24 September 2010 - - - - - - · 4,024 views
operations, maintenance, design and 1 more...
I have seen both aspects of engineering -Operations and Design and hence feel some what qualified on the subject of how a operations enineer and a design engineer think. Ideally, there shouldn't be a diference in the manner which an engineer thinks and analyzes be it Operations or Design. But having seen both aspects of engineering the fact of the...


Loading Flow Rates For Road Tankers Containing White Oil Products

Posted by ankur2061 , in Technical 18 September 2010 - * * * * * · 10,509 views
loading, flow, rates, tankers and 4 more...
Dear fellow chemical engineers,

A friend of mine forwarded me a copy of an industrial incident of a storage tank explosion at Glenpool, Oklahoma which describes the danger of static electricity in the petroleum industry. After going through the report I felt the need to do some more searching of the subject. One aspect of static electricity build up is in...


Petroleum Technology Part 2 - The Composition Of Petroleum

Posted by ankur2061 , in Technical 17 September 2010 - * * * * * · 3,656 views
petroleum, composition, part, two
Petroleum and its products have been an integral part of mankind since long. For a historical perspective of petroleum readers are referred to the following link:


However, the research on composition of petroleum was taken up in earnest only in...


Polymer Melt Flow Through Piping

Posted by ankur2061 , in Technical 12 September 2010 - - - - - - · 5,168 views

A long part of my career was spent in polymer production, specifically Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET). In the initial years (circa. 1986) when I was working as an Operations Engineer, the technology in India was still pre-dominantly batch production. Some of the technologies for PET batch production were 'ICI' and 'Monsanto'. Today these...


Petroleum Technology Part I - Terminology & Classification Of Petroleum

Posted by ankur2061 , in Technical 05 September 2010 - * * * * * · 4,336 views
petroleum, terminology and 1 more...
Quite some time back (about 6 years back) I had done some write-up using known references for Petroleum technology. The blog on petroleum glossary was just one part of it. Fossil fuels (specially petroleum) will continue to play a major part in the lives of man-kind for another century or so until we run out of these resources to the extent of economical...


Petroleum Glossary

Posted by ankur2061 , in Technical 28 August 2010 - * - - - - · 3,223 views
petroleum, glossary
Many times we look forward to meanings and definitions for petroleum production and processing related terms. Quite some time back I had compiled my own little glossary of petroleum terms with the best available resources and here is what I came up with:

Aniline Point
: It is defined as the temperature of a binary liquid solution at which equal parts...


The Lighter Side Of Engineering - Engineering Humor

Posted by ankur2061 , in Humor 22 August 2010 - * * * * * · 4,190 views
humor, lighter, side, engineering
REAL ENGINEERS... · Real Engineers consider themselves well dressed if their socks match.
· Real Engineers buy their spouses a set of matched screwdrivers for their birthday.
· Real Engineers wear mustaches or beards for "efficiency". Not because they're lazy.
· Real engineers have a non-technical vocabulary of 800 words.
· Real...


Faq On Process Design Engineering

Posted by ankur2061 , in For Students and Young Engineers 12 August 2010 - * * * * * · 8,279 views

I have encountered a lot of fresh chemical engineering graduates from college who joined as "trainees" in the engineering consultancy field and inevitably they have a lot of questions on what process design engineering is all about?

Some of the frequently asked questions (FAQ's) are what are the activities that a process design engineer do,...

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