Petrochemicals

Assess remaining life for heater tubes

Patel, R., Singh, J., Ashutosh, Engineers India Ltd.

Refineries and petrochemical plants form some of the major sections of the hydrocarbon industry and consume much of the fuel that is burned in furnaces (heaters and specialty furnaces, such as reformers and crackers) to meet process heating requirements.

Develop reactor internals for optimizing reactor design - Part 2: High-performance mixing chamber

Ahn, E. S., Park, S. I., Song, I. C., Kim, G. B., Chang, G. S., GS Engineering and Construction

Most hydroprocessing reactors are fixed-bed reactors comprising several catalyst beds that are divided by quench zones containing mixing chambers that introduce a vapor-quenching medium.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Engineers tasked with finding a green solution to waste gas emissions from hydrocarbon storage tanks during loading and unloading operations will find that the ST100 series thermal flowmeter from Fluid Components International (FCI) supports tank vapor recovery systems, which help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Business Trends: Petrochemicals 2025: Three regions to dominate the surge in petrochemical capacity growth

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The global petrochemical sector continues to expand exponentially as developing nations’ demand for petrochemical/chemical products continues to increase.

Industry Perspectives: What are the opportunities for the global HPI?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the February issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, our editors provided the results of Hydrocarbon Processing’s survey on the challenges that the downstream processing industry may face this year.

Digital: Digitalization—Why now?

Micklem, D., KBC, a Yokogawa Company

The process industries are under threat.

Petrochemicals: Which network can fulfil the petrochemical sector’s desire to exploit Industry 4.0?

Smith, G., Rajant Corp.

The global petrochemical industry has not been short of success.

Europe: Russian petrochemicals industry on the verge of large-scale growth

Gerden, E., Contributing Writer

The Russian government has announced its plan to increase the volume of support for its domestic petrochemicals industry over the next several years, with the aim of doubling its production and boosting exports, according to Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak and the press service of the Russian Presidential Administration.

Editorial Comment: Continuing the advancement of the petrochemical industry

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Each year, Hydrocarbon Processing devotes its Special Focus section to the latest advancements in petrochemical technology, as well as best practices, reliability and safety to ensure efficient and optimized petrochemical operations.

Understand net gas compressor control logic from a process engineering standpoint

Hong, R., Chang, G. S., GS Engineering and Construction

In a refinery or petrochemical plant, certain equipment can create “gray areas” between process engineers and instrument engineers.