The Savannah River National Laboratory is part of a collaboration to develop partnerships to help meet the country’s manufacturing challenges.
The collaboration by SRNL, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Georgia Tech has developed RAPID, the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment Institute. The institute will train engineers and technicians in the workforce, as well as undergraduate engineering students in the application of new modular process intensification tools.
RAPID’s goal is to increase efficiencies in chemical processes and lower the capital cost of facilities, according to a Department of Energy news release.
The laboratory plans to work with other RAPID partners in a statewide partnership that includes Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, Fluor Corp. and the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership by conducting research and development in support of RAPID and serving in various leadership positions, the release stated.
The manufacturing extension partnership will serve as the bridge between the medium and small businesses in the state and the RAPID Institute, South Carolina universities and the Savannah River National Laboratory.
“This role recognizes SRNL’s continued growth on a national level while also bringing benefits to our federal customers as well as South Carolina and U.S. manufacturing,” said SRNL Laboratory Director Terry Michalske.
T. Bond Calloway Jr., the 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers president and SRNL’s associate laboratory director for clean energy, will serve as a member in the governance committee, which provides oversight of the manufacturing institute for the chemical engineer group.
“SRNL has unique capabilities and expertise that will continue to aid in the success of RAPID,” said Calloway. “The partnership between AIChE, companies, academia and government is one that displays total commitment to support the chemical engineering community and our nation’s manufacturing needs.
“The RAPID institute will bring both innovation and talent to DOE Environmental Management and National Nuclear Security Administration missions.”
Over the past three years, SRNL has led a national effort to highlight modular chemical process intensification as a method to transform the chemical industry and DOE’s nuclear chemical manufacturing facilities, according to the DOE release.