Process Optimization

Ethylbenzene plant debottleneck with a high-activity transalkylation catalyst

Liu, G., Tianjin Dagu Chemical Co., Ltd.; Sundararaman, R., ExxonMobil Chemical Co.; Cao, J., ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing

Modern commercial ethylbenzene (EB) plants use liquid-phase alkylation processes with zeolite catalysts to achieve high product yields.

Key instrumentation technologies to tackle the toughest measurement challenges

Oberle, C., Bonkat, T., Emerson Automation Solutions

Just as some people seek out extreme sports, process manufacturing has its extreme applications, and engineers who design for these environments must find ways to safely contain and monitor all manner of dangerous reactions and products.

Editorial Comment: Optimization: Advancing the industry’s evolution and benefits to the masses

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Optimization—the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource—is not a term that the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) takes lightly: it is a way of life.

Taking on petrochemical plant hurdles with networking smarts

Rivero, A., Rajant Corp.

The petrochemical industry is facing one of the most significant challenges in its history.

Process control reimagined

Imagine visiting the control room of a typical process unit at a refinery.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This month, Hydrocarbon Processing will be hosting two events—one to showcase the latest in processing technologies in the refining and petrochemicals markets, and the other to provide an update on the latest trends, initiatives and capital project investments in the global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI).

Separating from the competition: Recovering profits after the pandemic

Christianson, J., Scalco, V., General Atomics

As recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic begins, so will a return to normal life.

Good distributor design for high-velocity feed debottlenecks a crude preflash tower

Blum, B., Bazan Group; Kister, H., Fluor; Tsang, R., Koch-Glitsch

Bazan Group’s crude unit No. 3—not designed by any of the authors’ companies—was bottlenecked by the preflash tower.

Vapor velocity guidelines for horizontal flare knockout drums

Flare knockout (KO) drums are important components of effluent handling systems.

Optimize product blending using Excel spreadsheets and LINGO software—Part 1

Coker, A. K., A.K.C. Technology; Alushaibani, A., Texas A&M University

Linear programming (LP) is an optimization modelling technique in which a linear function is maximized or minimized when subjected to various constraints.