September 2013

Special Report: Refining Developments

Consider accurate feed characterization with improved simulation methods

Assay definition is crucial for accurate process simulations. The performance of process simulators depends on the feed definition to the processing unit. Modern analytical laboratories can offer comp..

Ha, H. Z., Fluor Canada Ltd.; Tiwary, D., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

Assay definition is crucial for accurate process simulations. The performance of process simulators depends on the feed definition to the processing unit. Modern analytical laboratories can offer complete assay measurements on the bulk properties, distillation behavior, composition (elemental, molecules of light ends and hydrocarbon types of heavy fractions), heavy metals, salt content, etc. A well-defined laboratory assay can establish the sound basis for simulation. However, simulation performance not only depends on the quality of data, but also on the way these data are implemented. Inputting the assay data into the simulator in a different way will generate different simulation results

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