The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering

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Edited By: João B.P. Soares

Impact Factor: 1.003

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 72/133 (Engineering Chemical)

Online ISSN: 1939-019X

Issue Spotlight

July 2014

In the July 2014 issue of CJCE - Polymer nanocomposites are novel materials that exhibit improved properties versus conventional microcomposites. There is increased interest in these materials as a good alternative to replace metals in many applications because of enhanced mechanical properties and processability, high conductivity and light weight. In their article, Sarvi et al. show that novel core-shell nanostructures of polyaniline-coated copper nanowires (PANI/Cu NWs) can be synthesised using a simple and reproducible approach by spontaneous chemisorption of PANI on copper surface.Please see Sarvi et al.

June 2014

In the June 2014 issue of CJChE – In their CFD special series article. Eskin et al. proposed a model to describe wax deposition in oil transport pipelines. They demonstrate how the deposit layer thickness and the mean deposit porosity are affected by the diffusivity exponent, the precipitation rate constant and the shear-removal factor. This manuscript brings us closer to the development of a global approach for accurate field-scale wax deposition forecasting.

May 2014

The May 2014 issue of CJChE features an article by Hadiseh Karimi and Kimberley B. McAuley about their development of an easy-to-use Approximate Expectation Maximization (AEM) method for estimating model parameters and disturbance intensities in Stochastic Differential Equation models. The main advantages of the proposed AEM method are that it is less computationally intensive than Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods and that it does not require linearization of the model equations.

April 2014

In the April 2014 issue, we highlight "Pumping Characterisation of the Maxblend Impeller for Newtonian and Strongly Non-Newtonian Fluids," by Vincent Stobiac, Louis Fradette, Philippe A. Tanguy and Francois Bertrand.

This paper examines the pumping mechanisms generated by the Maxblend impeller. Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) results are first compared to previously published Finite Element Method (FEM) data. These results are next used to revisit and better understand recent experimental data based on 2D particle image velocimetry (PIV) and the decolourisation method. No such extended numerical investigation of the pumping capacity of the Maxblend has been done for Newtonian and strongly non-Newtonian fluids.

March 2014

In the March 2014 issue, Joshi et al. review of the literature pertaining to Petroleum Coke (petcoke) Gasification following a thematic framework so that the information is available at a glance and is expected to be useful as a single point source to the researchers and practicing refiners. This is a timely review because the production of petcoke in refineries is progressively peaking up due to the trend of processing heavy crudes and in a renewed interest in delayed coking process.

February 2014

In the February 2014 issue of the CJChE, Janssen and Hoogland review emulsification modelling techniques in industrial practice, based on their experience with food and personal care emulsions in Unilever. This article is one of several dedicated to Emulsifications: Modelling Technologies and Applications, as part of the talks given in the Vingt cinqueemes Entretiens du Centre Jacques Cartier Conference in Lyon, France.

January 2014

The January 2014 issue highlights the next article in the CFD special series where Kartushinsky et al. investigate the deposition of aluminium oxide particles onto a horizontal flat plate within the laminar boundary layer in the free-stream moderate turbulent flow. The obtained numerical results show that the deposition process is determined both by the hydrodynamics of streamlining of the plate surface and the elastic and adhesive properties of the particles and the surface.

December 2013

In the December 2013 issue of the CJChE we highlight "The recent progress in non-precious metal catalysts for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell applications” which is reviewed by Higgins and Chen and is a new article in the CJChE special series on Catalysis. The development of these materials is predicted to provide large economic advantages in the commercialisation of these devices.

November 2013

The November 2013 issue of the CJChE commemorates the 90th birthday of Professor Norman Epstein. This special issue of Spouted Beds consists of 17 articles written by international experts to honour a great Canadian scientist and engineer, and former Editor-in-Chief of the CJChE.

October 2013

In the October 2013 issue of the CJChE, the newest article in the Process Systems Engineering special series proposes a method to reduce significantly network communication burden of cooperative distributed model predictive control (DMPC).

September 2013

The September 2013 issue of the CJChE includes a special series on Catalysts, in which Sotoodeh and Smith give an overview of the advances on the storage of hydrogen by physical and chemical mechanism, with emphasis on the use of liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs)" referring to CJCE (2013), 91, 1477

August 2013

The August 2013 issue of CJChE features a special section dedicated to selected papers given on the Oilsands 2012 Conference, held at the University of Alberta. This conferences series provides a platform for effective knowledge and technology exchanges among government officials, researchers, university academics, and industry R&D researchers and practice engineers. The 11 papers selected for this special issue highlight recent advances in this essential area of the Canadian economy.

July 2013

The July 2013 issue highlights an article which is part of the CFD special series, whereby D. Lakehal presents the possibilities offered today by Computational Fluid and Multiphase Fluid Dynamics techniques to treat complex, multiphase, multicomponent flow problems occurring in gas and petroleum industry.

June 2013

The June 2013 issue of the CJChE highlights an article by M. Gray et al. The article investigates different solvents for non-aqueous extraction of Alberta oil sand. Non-aqueous extraction of bitumen from oil sands is an attractive alternative for the exploration of this important Canadian resource because it can potentially reduce fresh water demands of the extraction process and eventually eliminate tailing ponds.

May 2013

In the May 2013 issue of CJChE we highlight "Heat transfer and flow pattern in co-current downward steam condensation in vertical pipes-I: CFD simulation and experimental measurements" and “Heat transfer and flow pattern in co-current downward steam condensation in vertical pipes-II: Comparison with published work” whereby Professor Joshi and collaborators have developed a procedure to measure and simulate the condensation of steam flowing down inside a vertical tube, a process that occurs in many practical situations in power plants and the chemical industry.

April 2013

This issue features a special section for the invited papers presented at the 61st Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in London, ON (2011). We would also like to highlight another article in this issue, part of our special series on Chemical Engineering Research in Latin America: Gugliotta et al. show how to use ecofriendly chain transfer agents for the polymerization of acrylic monomers used in coatings and adhesives. This is an increasingly important requirement due to recent more stringent environmental regulations.

March 2013

In the March 2013 issue of the CJChE we highlight the article of Taghavi and Frigaard on the sequential flow of fluids along near-horizontal pipes. This article is part of our CFD special series and has applications in the oil and gas industry during construction of wells, as well as pipelining, drilling and fracturing operations.

February 2013

In the February 2013 issue of the CJChE, the article by Madeira and Rodrigues, part of our special series on Chemical Reaction Engineering, presents a unified view on how competitive effects between diffusion and first-order irreversible reaction in poisoned catalysts affect catalyst performance.

January 2013

The January 2013 issue of the CJChE highlights an article by Bao et al. The article discusses how immobilized microorganisms can be used to degrade heavy oil, addressing important issues on the remediation of oil-contaminated environments.

December 2012

The December issue of the CJChE highlights contributions from the 4th Symposium on Advanced Control of Industrial Processes (ADCONIP). The papers in the ADCONIP special section cover topics such as estimation and monitoring, advanced process control, process optimisation and controller performance assessment.

October 2012

The October issue of the CJChE contains an article by Tavares and Melo that proposes a method to utilize solid waste generated in the electroplating industry as aggregates for manufacturing concrete paving blocks by means of the solidification/stabilisation technique and evaluate their water absorption properties and compressive strength. The proposed method is an important step towards reaching the goals of current environmental policies that aim to minimise solid waste generation and increase recycling.

August 2012

The August issue of the CJChE contains a special section dedicated to papers on modelling, simulation and experimental approaches in nanoscience and nanotechnology applied to the chemical industry, collected from presentations given at the Nano-Thailand International Conference on Nanotechnology for a Sustainable World in November 18-20 2010.

June 2012

The June issue of the CJChE includes the second manuscript in John Grace’s Chemical Reaction Engineering special series. The critical review paper by Anthony G. Dixon, Fixed bed catalytic reactor modelling—the radial heat transfer problem, covers radial heat transfer phenomena in fixed bed catalytic reactors, identifying perceived problems and recent advances in the field.