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Chemical Engineering World: Propylene Present and Future

Polypropylene, acrylonitrile, propylene oxide, 2-propanol, cumene/phenol, oxo-alcohols, isopropanol, acrylic acids, and so many other derivatives are all obtained from propylene; a main building block in petrochemicals industry.  The increasing propylene-derivatives demand in the last few years has largely absorbed conventional available supplies of propylene as that from steam cracking of naphtha, and FCC off gas. On-purpose propane dehydrogenation is becoming a more economic favorable way to produce large amounts of propylene. Serious search for other routes for propylene production as…

How to create your own Google Scholar Account?

If you are a researcher whether in the academia or any research institution, it is good to have publicize your research expertise and your publication. This is imperative so that those with similar expertise can easily find you and perhaps perform a join venture research or something like that. One fantastic way to do just that is via Google Scholar, a product of the mighty Google. What is Google Scholar? Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that…

It’s not about Bolt and Nuts, It’s about Torque as well

I thought I’d do a post about some of the tools used in engineering. And, as I never like to generalise or skirt over a detailed topic, I’ve decided to focus in on torque devices and nuts and bolts. Previously, I only knew a little about nuts and bolts. I do have some practical experiences dealing with various types and sizes of nuts and bolts to hold flanges and plate heat exchanger frames. That experience I gained when I was…

Xi Jinping , A Chemical Engineer to rule China

Do you know that the present leader of China is trained as a chemical engineer from Tsinghua University, China? Let’s get to know about this powerful personality. Xi Jinping has been chosen as the next leader of China, elevating the qualified chemical engineer to a position of extreme power for the next ten years. Xi, the son of a veteran of the ruling Communist Party, studied chemical engineering at Tsinghua University from 1975–79. He moved away from chemical engineering to…

My Humble Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC)

I was trained as a chemical engineer and had previously worked as a chemical and process engineer within the oil and gas as well as the oil and fats industry. It was a really pleasant, exciting, adventurous and memorable journey all together. However, I rarely share my story about my small involvement in the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) aspect in my previous workplace. This is mainly because the exposure I received was minute compared to several of my colleagues…

Chemical Engineering World: Basic Waste Management Process

Believe it or not, we produce waste everyday. Whether in our own home or refinery or working site, waste is created. Such a huge waste need to be properly managed, otherwise the environment surrounding us will be a bad place to live and work. At home, my maid (servant) manages our domestic waste, which is of course a small scale. She separates all the waste papers, waste card boards, waste metals, waste plastics and organic waste in her own way.…

Bug Prediction at Google

What’s the problem? Here at Google, we have thousands of engineers working on our code base every day. In fact, as previously noted, 50% of the Google code base changes every month. That’s a lot of code and a lot of people. In order to ensure that our code base stays healthy, Google primarily employs unit testing and code review for all new check-ins. When a piece of code is ready for submission, not only should all the current tests…

Build in the Cloud: Distributing Build Outputs

This is the fourth in a four part series describing how we use the cloud to scale building and testing of software at Google. This series elaborates on a presentation given during the Pre-GTAC 2010 event in Hyderabad. To get a sense of the scale and details on the types of problems we are solving in Engineering Tools at Google take a look at this post. In the previous post, we saw how distributing build load across many machines and…

Trying on the new Dynamic Views from Blogger

As you may have noticed, the Engineering Tools blog looks a lot different today. That’s because we—along with a few other Google blogs—are trying out a new set of Blogger templates called Dynamic Views. Launched today, Dynamic Views is a unique browsing experience that makes it easier and faster for readers to explore blogs in interactive ways. We’re using the Classic view, but you can also preview this blog in any of the other six new views by using the…

Build in the Cloud: How the Build System works

This is the second in a four part series describing how we use the cloud to scale building and testing of software at Google. This series elaborates on a presentation given during the Pre-GTAC 2010 event in Hyderabad. Please see our first post in the series for a description how we access our code repository in a scalable way. To get a sense of the scale and details on the types of problems we are solving in Engineering Tools at…