January 2021

Process Optimization

Optimize processes with a spreadsheet

Hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI)/continuous process improvement (CPI) processes are often characterized by complicated kinetics and simultaneous heat and mass transfer.

Colannino, J., Contributing Editor

Hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI)/continuous process improvement (CPI) processes are often characterized by complicated kinetics and simultaneous heat and mass transfer. Often, a significant amount of simulation science has gone into setting operating conditions with process control loops tuned for best results. However, natural feedstocks have inherent variability and even ambient conditions, such as temperature, humidity and barometric pressure, can affect product results. Moreover, start-of-run to end-of-run conditions often require process adjustments. Once initial process conditions have been set, can one hope to wring out additional improvement? The answer is almost always, “Yes,”

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