ATAMI is home to the Modular Manufacturing Focus Area—one of six—of the RAPID Institute, whose mission is to employ modular chemical process intensification to reduce capital equipment costs and improve energy efficiency in chemical processing. OSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are co-leads in the Modular Manufacturing Focus Area. OSU's effort is led by Professor of Industrial Manufacturing Brian Paul.
RAPID (Rapid Advancement of Process Intensification Deployment) Institutes are a national effort stemming from the Manufacturing USA initiative. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and administered by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The RAPID Institute engaged in a expert and stakeholder review to identify gaps in scientific knowledge and technology in process intensification and modular manufacturing. The six focus areas and identified gaps are shown in this graphic:
RAPID consists of 75 companies, 34 academic institutions, seven national laboratories and other organizations, all collaborators in developing modular chemical manufacturing equipment that is smaller, lighter-weight and more energy efficient.
The module manufacturing focus area includes activities and projects relevant to manufacturing and supply chain issues associated with modular chemical process intensification. Efforts include considerations for reducing the cost and improving the reliability of modular subsystems and intensified components that are pre-assembled, transported and installed at a chemical processing site.
Brian Paul serves on the RAPID Technical Advisory Board, and ATAMI Director Sam Angelos serves on the RAPID Governing Board.
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