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This area is for people interested in thermal products and processes related to chemicals and chamical engineering. Click on the items below.  

 

Case studies

Case 1: Runaway reactions

Thermal runaway is caused by a very fast increase of temperature and pressure inside a reaction vessel. The self-heating rate and generation of gases and vapours during a runaway is safely studied using both adiabatic and pseudo-adiabatic calorimeters operating at high pressure, that give a direct measure of the thermal potential of the reacting mixture. The results are used to size protection devices, such as bursting discs.

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Consultants

CHILWORTH provides expertise and consulting on material properties data on, dust fire and explosion hazards, chemical reaction hazards and regulatory testing.

SSCI provides  a range of research and analytical services to the pharmaceutical, specialty, industrial and fine chemical industries in the characterisation and chemistry of solid materials.

SWISSI (Swiss Institute of Safety and Security, Basel) is a consulting centre of expertise for risk and safety for the process industries (chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food products, paper, surface coatings, etc.)  

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Industry guides

The Merck Index is a one-volume encyclopaedia of chemicals, drugs and biologicals that contains more than 10,000 monographs. Each monograph is a concise description of a single substance or a small group of closely related compounds.

The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals.

Chemcyclopedia is a free online source of information on vendors, products, and services for the chemical and allied industries.

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Organisations

AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) is a long established professional association of more than 40,000 members that aims to provide leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession and disseminate chemical engineering knowledge.

BASA (British Adhesive and Sealant Association) is the UK trade association representing adhesive and sealant manufacturers, industry suppliers and allied industries.

FEICA (Association of European Adhesives manufacturers) is the multinational association of the European adhesives industry. It comprises 15 national associations who altogether comprise 480 member companies.

FEMS (Federation of European Materials Societies) is a non-profit umbrella organisation  serving 24 national materials societies in 22 countries, with over 25,000 members in Europe engaged in the production, utilisation, and development of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.

MRS (Materials Research Society) is a not-for-profit organisation bringing together scientists, engineers and research managers from industry, government, academia and research laboratories to share findings in the research and development of new materials of technological importance.

SFCA (Syndicat Français des Colles et Adhésifs) is the French trade association representing adhesive and sealant manufacturers, industry suppliers and allied industries.

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Projects

Information about European Union-funded projects may be found at CORDIS (Community Research & Development Information Service). And you can try to find specific projects here.

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Temperature measurement

Infrared (non-contact) temperature measurement equipment and related resources (like training, calibration & industry application notes) can be found at the sites below:

FLIR Systems
IRCON
Land Instruments International
Mikron Infrared
Raytek
Wintronics


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Thermal property data

Firstly, try the evitherm data centre, where you might find the data you need and, if it's pay-for, more cheaply.

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Useful links

Chemistry websites at academic institutions. Hotlinks to hundreds of sites.

ChemWeb was launched in April 1997 and is now the largest online chemical community in the world, offering a huge range of information for those in research chemistry, the chemicals industries and related disciplines. Membership free.

Links for Chemists is an index of chemistry resources on the web, produced by the Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool, UK.

Safety

HARSNET A thematic network to create a forum for universities, research centres and industries collaborate to develop and disseminate knowledge that can be used for hazard assessment of highly reactive systems.

INERIS (Institut national de l'environnement industriel et des risques, France). Ce portail, mis en place par l'Institut national de l'environnement industriel et des risques, met à disposition des données toxicologiques et écotoxicologiques pour les experts en évaluation des risques sur les substances chimiques.

SAFETYNET is a common European information market for process safety. Safetynet was  developed during 1998 - 2001 with funding support from the European Commission.

TOXNET (USA) from the US Library of Medicine is a cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas.

SWISSI (Swiss Institute of Safety and Security, Basel) is a training and consulting centre of expertise for risk and safety for the process industries (chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food products, paper, surface coatings, etc.)

Training

CHILWORTH offers training courses on dust fire and explosion hazards, chemical reaction hazards and regulatory testing.

CPE Formation Continue (France) organises training seminars on the use of calorimetry for investigation of chemical reactions; defines safe working conditions, includes a visit to an industrial safety laboratory.

SWISSI (Swiss Institute of Safety and Security, Basel) is a training and consulting centre of expertise for risk and safety for the process industries (chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food products, paper, surface coatings, etc.)

Reference materials

NIST (USA) provides reference materials for chemical composition, engineering and physical properties.

LGC (UK) is the leading reference materials supplier in Europe and offers a wide variety of certified reference materials, especially for chemicals.

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