Process Optimization

Schneider Electric’s new engineering process simulation unveiled

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Schneider Electric announced availability of SimSci SimCentral for Process Utilities, a new platform to manage how processes are engineered across their entire lifecycle. With this platform, users can streamline process utility design, collaborate for process improvement and simplify modeling complexity. Benefits include reduced time and cost, an appealing user experience for the next generation of engineers and accelerated process simulation and design.

Solve operator training in a challenging refining industry

Alamo, J., SNC-Lavalin Inc.; Ross, M., Honeywell Process Solutions

Workforce reduction, the expected retirement of baby boomers, personnel leaving the industry in search of better opportunities, and the lack of jobs for new graduates will create a skills deficit once the industry begins growing again.

Commercialization of pyrolysis oil in existing refineries—Part 1

Arbogast, S., Bellman, D., Paynter, D., Wykowski, J., AOTA Energy Consultants LLC

In Part 1 of this article, the incentives and information needed to relax the constraints of being O2-free are outlined. The authors hope that this perspective provides new directions for improving the economics of using pyoil to produce advanced biofuels (ABFs).

Automation Strategies: Rethinking automation: A stepwise approach to the IIoT

Fryer, J., Stratus Technologies

Energy producers are under tremendous pressure to reduce operational costs and maximize efficiency throughout the value chain. This is easier said than done.

GE and Toyo sign MOU exploring digital solutions in petchem industry

General Electric Company and Toyo Engineering Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint project to explore digital solutions for the fertilizer and petrochemicals industry.

Automation Strategies: Drive maximum asset capability with operational technologies

Hill, D., ARC Advisory Group

Owner-operators across the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) strive to gain maximum business value from their process plant assets. Here, automation assets and other operational technology (OT) typically play a major role.

Causes and mitigation of thermal bowing in process piping design

Darji, P., Dholakia, M., Chaube, N., L&T-Chiyoda Ltd.

The authors encountered pipe thermal bowing problems in recently executed projects. These practical problems are discussed in three case studies, after a brief description of the thermal bowing concept and common reasons for the occurrence of this phenomenon.

Optimize steam usage in refinery flares

In this study, methods to optimize the consumption of dispersion steam in flares were examined at a large refinery that burns a considerable quantity of gas. The desired optimization was achieved by monitoring hydrocarbon emissions using an infrared camera (thermography).

Efficiently and safely revamp an RFCC reactor and regenerator

This case study provides checks and reviews from the owner and the engineer for the major revamp work of the RFCC process.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Power generation and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) specialty rental company, Aggreko Plc., and sulfuric acid alkylation technology licensor, DuPont, have collaborated to provide Aggreko temperature control, including chiller systems, to STRATCO sulfuric acid alkylation customers.