About this Research Topic
The COVID-19 pandemic affecting multiple countries around the world has shown extreme vulnerabilities to disruptions and this has also affected the oil and gas, and bulk commodity and fine chemicals markets. Repurposing of plants to produce some key commodities became necessary during this pandemic to address the global supply chain needs and shortages. There is a critical need to understand and document how these changes affected the some of the new process development and existing operations. Attributes such as reliability, flexibility, asset management, resilience, contingency planning, process safety, etc. need to have a deeper understanding of the process design and product life cycle to address some of these newer issues identified due to a global scale disruptive even. Companies will need to come back with plans on how to build resilience within their operations in order to respond to the aftermath of the pandemic. This will also apply to other more localized disruptions such as weather hazards or geo-political unrests and continue to test the resilience and reliability of process and industrial supply chains. This issue aims to address such needs and aid in the design decisions for design and systems engineers to rethink the design of future facilities.
The goal of this topic is to explore this emerging field of resilience, reliability and flexibly of manufacturing industry through chemical process design. There is a need to develop systems approach for retrofit and greenfield designs that allows for the effective and continuous operations of manufacturing facilities during and after major disruptive events. Methods and tools are needed to evaluate and develop resilient and reliable processes and supply chains. Research efforts will need to equip companies with means of alternative operations and protective strategies in case of disruptions, hence there is a need to address the concept of re-purposeful manufacturing that includes key commodities and the consideration of overlapping supply chain.
This Research Topic welcomes manuscripts addressing, but not limited to, the following issues:
• Re-purposing of chemical processes and supply chains during disasters (pandemics, hurricanes,
• Resilience of the manufacturing sector facing natural disasters
• Design approaches to reliability, resilience, and flexibility
• Multi-objective optimization including technical, economic, sustainability, safety, and reliability
• Resilience, Reliability, and Flexibility via Chemical Process Design
• Integration of Artificial Intelligence in manufacturing design
• Sustainability of chemical processes, supply chains, eco-industrial parks, regions
Keywords: sustainable chemical processes, sustainable manufacturing, supply chain resilience, risk management, disaster mitigation
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.