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<ul><li><p>Peoples Gas dedicates synthetic natural gas plant Early this month, Peoples Gas Light &amp; Coke Co., Chicago, dedicated its Remick McDowell Energy Center near Joliet, III. The center is designed to produce 160 million scfd of synthetic pipeline gas from naphtha feedstocks via the catalytic-rich gas hydrogasification process developed by British Gas Corp. The $100 million plant can supply about 1 7 % of Chicago's gas demand. Built by Pullman-Kellogg, the McDowell plant contains duplicate gasification trains as insurance against unex-pected shutdowns. Peoples has 10-year contracts for naphtha feedstock supplies that are delivered by pipeline from the nearby Union Oil and Amoco refineries. </p><p>American Chemical Society's Division of Industrial &amp; Engineering Chemistry early this month in Washington, D.C. The meeting was cosponsored by a number of other scientific and technical societies. </p><p>What is a ceramic? No one definition takes in every material, says Kingery, but ceramics are largely compounds with ionic or covalent bonding (occa-sionally a combination of the two). Most commercially important ceramics </p><p>are oxidesfor example, alumino-sili-cates. Others include materials such as carbides, nitrides, sulfides, and halides. Characteristically, ceramics have high compression strength, low ductility, low electrical conductivity, and high melt-ing points. Ceramics are also often brit-tle and this can be a significant handi-cap. There are, of course, exceptions. </p><p>One area for ceramic application is in high-temperature energy production, where ceramics, because of thermal sta-bility and corrosion resistance, seem particularly well suited. Carborundum Co., for example, has developed a new grade of alpha silicon carbide ceramic that could be used in gas turbines, die-sel engines, and the like (C&amp;EN, June 14, page 8). In such applications ceram-ics likely will permit higher operating temperatures, resulting in greater effi-ciency and lower fuel consumption. In gas turbines, silicon carbide ceramics possibly can be used to make turbine wheels that can withstand temperatures approaching 3000 F. In diesel engines, silicon carbide parts also possibly can be used to replace metal alloys in piston tops, manifolds, and in key parts of the engine cooling systems, all allowing higher temperature operation. Engine efficiency could be improved by as much as 40%, says John A. Coppola, project manager at Carborundum's R&amp;D center in Niagara Falls, N.Y. </p><p>ACS Centennial Medallion </p><p>1 1/2 inch Franklin Mint proof-quality circu-lar medallion with ACS Centennial seal front, and chemical symbols reverse. Housed in pro-tective plastic holder. 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