July 1999

Special Report: Mass Transfer and Catalysts

General reactor model improves HPI applications

Applying new tools, refiners can optimize revamp, and modernize existing process units

Dutta, S., Gualy, R., GTC Technology US, LLC

Many commercially available predictive models focus on improving the entire processing unit. Very few applications concentrate on the reactor within the processing unit. In fact, the economical, profitable management of petrochemical and refining facilities is largely based on the design and operation of processing reactors. Traditionally, reactor conditions are set, and it runs. Optimization opportunities are missed, because the HPI facility does not focus on refining reactor performance in conjunction with other upgrades and modernization changes made within the processing unit. Several examples describe the key features of a general model and how to apply it when re-evaluating, optimizing

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