The Atlanta AIChE meeting was held from Nov 16-21, 2014.
The Atlanta meeting featured an invited session in honor of Mark Pilling for his several distillation, absorption, and AIChE contributions. Mark currently serves on the FRI Technical, Executive, and Technical Advisory Committees. In addition to the Separations Division Honors, Mark also received an institute (AIChE) award for industry leadership, which was presented during the Atlanta meeting. Congratulations, Mark!
Overall, there were 24 papers presented in five Distillation and Absorption sessions. FRI presented two papers - (1) the bibliography of Mark Pilling and (2) Automatic Steady State Identifier (see Progress Report July-2013).
A paper presented by the Separations Research Program (SRP), of the University of Texas at Austin, described a new dividing wall pilot plant distillation column. The pilot plant is expected to go into operation soon. More details of the pilot plant will be presented at the Spring meeting in 2015.
Novel X-ray tomography methods employing scans that can penetrate 4 inches into structured packings were presented by Prof. Wolfgang Arlt (from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany) and his team. They compared x-ray tomography scans and hold-up on structured packings with different surface textures. A new, more detailed version of the paper was invited, and will be presented at the Spring meeting in 2015.
If you haven't already, mark your calendars for the Spring 2015 meeting scheduled from April 26-30 at the Hilton, Austin, Texas . The Austin meeting will feature a Distillation Topical 8 - Kister Distillation Symposium. As most of you are aware, the Kister Distillation Symposia are some of the most popular and well attended sessions in all of AIChE, and feature a variety of topics and talks on distillation from industry experts