June 2007

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

Enhanced methods optimize ownership costs for catalysts

Novel model-based innovation techniques enable simultaneous optimization of catalyst formulations and operating reactors

Baumler, C., Sud-Chemie; Matzopoulos, M., Urban, Z., Process Systems Enterprise Ltd.

Catalysts are ubiquitous throughout the hydrocarbon processing industries (HPI). Processing companies rely on catalyst systems to produce high-quality consumer products. Catalyst manufacturers invest heavily on research to optimize the catalysts' total cost of ownership (TCO).  Advanced process modeling (APM) methods are being applied to streamline the analysis of new catalysts while incorporating real-world data when designing innovative HPI catalysts. Applying such techniques allows suppliers of catalytic technologies to simultaneously optimize new catalyst development and supply complete "life cycle" services to customers. To provide this service, a precise understanding of catal

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