Process Optimization

Petrotechnics survey reveals trend towards operational excellence

Petrotechnics has released the results of its operational excellence index into attitudes towards operational excellence among the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

Schneider Electric releases Unit Performance Suite for the oil and gas industry

Schneider Electric has released software for the oil and gas industry that packages closed-loop, real-time optimization with monitoring and workflow in a single solution for refineries.

Koch acquires process optimization solution provider EFT Energy

Koch Industries acquired EFT Energy, a software-as-a-service and solutions provider in the fields of industrial and manufacturing predictive analytics, process optimization, and industrial and commercial energy management.

Schneider Electric brings process engineering to the cloud with SimSci Online

New cloud platform lets users access industry-leading SimSci software from anywhere for a highly available and scalable solution

Honeywell launches Unisim Design Suite Release 450

Honeywell Process Solutions launched its UniSim Design Suite Release 450, the newest version of its process modelling software that helps industrial manufacturers increase their engineering effectiveness and optimize their process designs.

Unlock next-level hydrocracker flexibility in today’s turbulent markets

Baric, J., Shell Global Solutions Intl., BV; Kang, D.-H., Hyundai Oilbank Daesan refinery; Orzeszko, G., Grupa LOTOS Gdańsk refinery

As a critical catalytic conversion unit, the hydrocracker provides refiners with valuable feedstock and product slate flexibility.

Review of the CSB report on the 2010 Tesoro refinery fire

McGovern, S. J., PetroTech Consultants

On April 2, 2010, a catastrophic fire occurred within the naphtha hydrotreating unit in the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington. The final CSB report, including recommendations, was issued in May 2014, more than four years after the incident that resulted in the tragic loss of seven lives. This work critically reviews the CSB analysis of this incident and several of its resulting recommendations.

Utilize genetic programming to develop new point efficiency correlation

Kasiri, N., Jouybanpour, P., Iran University of Science and Technology; Reza Ehsani, M., Isfahan University of Technology

Distillation is one of the most used separation operations in the chemical and petroleum industries.

Distillation—Then and now

Gentry, J. C., Bhargava, M., GTC Technology US LLC; Binkley, M. J., GTC Process Equipment Technology

Distillation is the most often used means to separate two or more components, exploiting the physical properties of different boiling points.

Choose the most appropriate modeling approach for reactors

Jain, A. A., Gupta, A., Reliance Industries Ltd.

The efficient operation and design of any reactor depends on the know-how regarding the chemical reaction and the hydrodynamics inside the reactor.