Faculty Advisor

Kmiotek, Stephen J.


AbbVie is a global biopharmaceutical company, which focuses on patient care and sustainability. Our team worked with the Worcester, Massachusetts site to evaluate their current United States Pharmacopeia Purified Water (USP PW) system usage and capacity to determine the feasibility for expansion. Our project focused on the USP PW storage tank in which we conducted an analysis to determine average flow rates, number of times the tank is filled per day, and the current capacity of their piping systems. We also conducted a theoretical analysis to assess the feasibility of utilizing a higher operating band. Using these findings, our team was able to identify any capacity constraints of the USP PW system. We then created provided recommendations to AbbVie to mitigate the identified constraints.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering