September 2008


Use modeling to fine-tune cracking operations

Spanish refiner uses next-generation simulation tools to cost-effectively select new catalysts

Rigorous nonlinear reactor kinetic models have traditionally been used to support refinery planning, especially in defining linear programming (LP) sub-models and operating constraints for reactors. Applications of kinetic models in engineering, operations support and optimization are less common due to the intense efforts required to produce accurate results for each operating scenario. Today, embedding kinetic models into a process simulator can enable a variety of applications that are easily developed and deployed. Next-generation advanced refinery simulators can provide distinct advantages. Case history. CEPSA's La Rábida refinery in Spain has used non-linear kinetic fluid catal

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