Heat Transfer

Use an Excel-based method to evaluate performance for the preheat train of a CDU

Moon J., Chang, G. S., GS Engineering and Construction

A rigorous and accurate performance evaluation of existing equipment is a key factor for the success of a plant revamp study.

Show Preview: IRPC Europe returns to Italy this June

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Gulf Energy Information and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to provide a preview of IRPC Europe 2018, which will be held June 5–7 in Milan.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Ross Systems and Controls (SysCon) recently completed the qualification to self-certify its touchscreen purged panels as meeting the rigorous standards of Underwriters Laboratories’ UL-698A Code and the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA-496 Code.

Measuring steam flow to flares

Menezes, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

Refinery flare stacks are designed to combust all manner of unrecoverable hydrocarbon gases and vapors to avoid putting them into the atmosphere in their original form.

Speed up the development of new commercial adsorbents—Part 1

In the conventional development approach, a multi-stage process begins in the laboratory, moves to the pilot plant, and ends at the commercial unit, often before any financial benefits are realized.

Simulation model of a vacuum heater transfer line

Williams, R. H., C&I Engineering

The vacuum tower is a critical part of many crude distillation units, and the vacuum heater transfer line is a critical part of vacuum tower operation.

Optimize LNG production through contaminant mitigation—Part 1

Wines, T. H., Pall Corp.; Mokhatab, S., Consultant; Trifilieff, O., Pall France

The production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) requires a number of stages to effectively purify the feed gas. These stages are essential to maintain continuous operation and to meet product specifications.

Alfa Laval awarded $6.5-MM heat exchanger order

LUND, Sweden — Alfa Laval—a company in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling—has won an order to supply Alfa Laval Packinox heat exchangers to a refinery in the Middle East.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the demanding environment of a Claus reaction furnace, flame detection sensors must distinguish whether a flame is still burning against a hot refractory lining background.

Determine service fatigue life for damaged delayed coking unit drums

Aumuller, J., Carmagen Engineering, Inc.

Coke drums and delayed coking units (DCUs) have been a recognizable technology in refineries since the 1930s, and in oil sands plants since the early 1960s.