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Valve design reduces costs and increases safety for US refineries

08.01.2010  |  Johnson, R. D. ,   Flowserve Flow Control Division, Cookeville, TennesseeLee, B. ,   Flowserve Flow Control Division, Cookeville, Tennessee

The goals were achieved by using alloys with superior corrosion resistance

Keywords: [refining] [catalyst] [maintenance and reliability] [safety] [loss prevention]

In the 1980s and early 1990s, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) was seen as an economical blending component that would eventually replace processes like hydrofluoric (HF) acid catalyzed alkylation (Fig. 1). However, MTBE was eventually banned in the US due to public health concerns after the chemical compound was detected in groundwater. As a result, refineries shifted their focus from MTBE back to established processes like HF alkylation to continue to produce high-quality gasoline.

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