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Design emergency pressure relief systems to mitigate the consequences of unwanted chemical reactivity and account for two-phase flow using the right tools and methods

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Properly size pressure relief vents to protect your processes from dust, vapor, and gas explosions

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Pressure relief sizing is just the first step and it is critical to safety handle the effluent discharge from an overpressure event

Thermal Stability

Safe storage or processing requires an understanding of the possible hazards associated with sensitivity to variations in temperature

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Classification of hazardous materials subject to shipping and storage regulations

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Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents

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Model transport of airborne virus aerosols to guide safe operations and ventilation upgrades

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Fire Analysis

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transport of flammable or toxic gas during a process upset

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Low thermal inertial adiabatic calorimeters specially designed to provide directly scalable data that are critical to safe process design

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Recent Posts

Einstein's Original 1905 E=mc2 Paper

Posted by Chris Henry, PhD on 02.11.19

 Christopher E. Henry, PhD, Senior Consulting Engineer, Fauske & Associates, LLC

Einstein Nuclear HeadshotLong ago, colleague Dr. Michael Epstein told me that Einstein’s E=mc2 theory was merely a 3-page technical note published in the back of a technical journal in 1905. I stumbled upon what I believe to be this paper, translated to English and compiled by Princeton University with other works of that era (his works and possibly others). I thought it might be of interest to those that may put their toe in this pond occasionally. Indeed, it is brief. Einstein makes it look easy, as it is for a master of his craft. The simple functional form of the equation reveals the true nature of the behavior. Mass is the “rest” energy of matter at rest. The functional form is merely part of the more familiar kinetic energy, as demonstrated in the paper. Some people view the behavior in terms of mass as a property of energy. Owing to my engineering roots, I prefer the rest energy depiction, with matter as a “condensed” or “bound” form of energy that appeared in the aftermath of the Big Bang. Ironically, most people (myself included until recently, I never bothered to look) are not familiar with these more fundamental, yet relatively simple, concepts. They know it in the applied sense for the opposite process of the fission mass defect conversion back into energy.

By the way, on the topic of fission, Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn pioneered fission, but Leo Szilard pioneered the concept of the chain reaction, without which the harnessing of fission would be impractical. Szilard’s contribution is a historical milestone that I had overlooked also.

Einstein Nuclear TextFauske & Associates, LLC is the world leader in nuclear waste processing and other nuclear testing and engineering services in addition to chemical process safety. Stay up-to-date on the latest news and insight within the nuclear industry by subscribing to our nuclear technical bulletin. 

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Dr. Henry is a Senior Engineering Consultant at Fauske & Associates, LLC currently working on consequence analysis for pipe failure.

Topics: chemical process safety, nuclear

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