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Special Focus: Process Control and Information Systems
Optimize a CDU using process simulation and statistical modeling methods
Petrochemicals / Process Control / Engineering & Design / Crude oil / Refining / Distillation / Process Optimization
A methodology was implemented to optimize the operation of a refinery crude distillation unit (CDU) using a combination of process simulation and statistical modeling methods.
The history, and possible future, of model-less multivariable control
Terms such as “model-less,” “small-matrix” and “operational” do not, as yet, evoke the same excitement that accompanied the historic arrival of model-based predictive multivariable control three decades ago.
Use process knowledge management systems to accelerate innovation
The amount of stored digital data is doubling every two years, and the rate of data acquisition is close to exceeding our ability to process it and sort out what is valuable.
Process Engineering and Optimization
Build a diesel fuel performance additive, the right way—Part 1
Many diesel fuel additive companies in North America supply different additive products formulated for diesel-powered equipment.
Remove sulfur and nitrogen from liquid hydrocarbons with absorption process
Adsorption is a well-known and simple separation technique finding application in water treatment, specialty chemicals production, gas separation and removal of trace impurities.
The effect of various parameters on tray point efficiency
Distillation as a volatilities-based process is used to separate components of a mixture to a liquid phase richer in less volatile components, and a vapor phase richer in more volatile components.
Maintenance and Reliability
Process Control and Instrumentation
Lessons learned in commercial scale-up of new chemical processes
Petrochemicals / Construction / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Process Optimization / Economics / Project Management / Refining
Commercializing a new chemical process can be as simple as installing one or more homogenous batch reactor(s), or as complex as designing a fully integrated chemical complex requiring one or more heterogeneous reaction steps processing gas, liquid and/or solids, with other units required to prepare feeds, recover products/byproducts and recycle streams.
Use dynamic simulation to maximize plant operating performance
Process Control / Economics / Engineering & Design / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / Safety / Americas
The oil and gas industry has witnessed seismic downward shifts in barrel prices and uplifts in market competitiveness.
Editorial Comment: The 2016 Top Project award nominees are out!
It’s that time again! <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> has announced the nominees for its annual Top Project awards.
Reliability: Reassess and redirect your approach to a long-term career
It was not too long ago that a prospective employee could expect a 30-year career within an oil refinery or a petrochemical plant.
Automation Strategies: Identify challenges in alarm management
ARC Advisory Group recently conducted a survey on practices and trends in alarm management in the process industries.
Project Management: Global trends in energy savings: Are emerging technologies the solution?
Loss Prevention / Heat Transfer / Petrochemicals / Refining / Economics / Information Systems / Management
Despite low energy prices, energy conservation continues to be an important component of business strategy in the oil refining and chemical industries.
Codes and Standards: Overcome technical difficulties in field pumps ordered to API 610/ISO 13709
The continued objective of this column series is to increase awareness of code requirements, interpretations and limitations as they stand today, and the options available to engineers for “alternative engineering.”
Trends and Resources
Industry Perspectives: What is the future of the downstream HPI?
What is the state of downstream processing capacity?
Business Trends: Global refining overview—Part 2
Refining / Construction / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Diesel / Distillation / Economics / Gasoline / Asia/Pacific
<i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> continues its series on the global refining industry.
Petrochemicals / Refining / Crude oil / Diesel / Economics / Gasoline / Natural Gas / Africa / Asia/Pacific / Americas / Europe / Middle East
US gasoline demand contributed to falling inventories. Operational problems at several refineries and the potential impact of a tropical storm strengthened margins.
Global Project Data
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Construction / Africa / Asia/Pacific / Americas / Europe / Middle East
New project announcements have hovered in the low teens for several months.
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Analyzers / Catalysts / Economics / Environment / Hydrotreating / Loss Prevention / Products / Safety / Treating / Utilities / Americas / Middle East
Where large machines are in use and the overall processes depend on a smoothly functioning plant, companies often rely on fixed maintenance schedules and diagnostic tools.
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Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight
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