May 2007

Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability

How FCCU trickle valves affect catalyst losses

Here are the fundamental forces that affect their operation and the pros and cons of various types

Shaw, D. F., Walter, R. E., Carmagen Engineering, Inc.

High catalyst losses from fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) cyclone systems are sometimes attributed to plugged diplegs, often believed to be caused by one or more malfunctioning trickle valves. Sometimes units are shut down and catalyst unloaded to "clear" a plugged dipleg. This article reviews the fundamental forces that affect trickle valve opening and closing for both positive- and negative-pressure cyclones. These forces are caused by the particular trickle valve design details, weight of the flapper or counterweight and catalyst level in the dipleg. The features of various trickle valve configurations will also be discussed, including the advantages and disadvantages for various a

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