Process Optimization

Debottleneck analysis on a coker debutanizer via simulation models

Production requirements for more valuable refined products and/or increased refining flexibility are increasing due to new regulations.

Editorial Comment: IRPC Process: A sincere thanks to all

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month, Hydrocarbon Processing hosted the International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC).

Why EPC firms are accelerating digitalization

Donnelly, P., AspenTech

Even before the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms were already under considerable stress.

Reverse refining: A novel approach to the refining process

Echenagucia, J. E., Heatoil Solutions LLC

The crude oil refining processing sequence is based on the separation of distillate products from heavier ones and concentrating the heavy molecules of the barrel for processing at the end of the refining run.

Advances in light ends processing units using DWCs

Martin, G. R., Sulzer GTC Technology

For those who have been in the refining industry for many years, it is obvious that significant changes are occurring.

Analyze pressure loss during FCC standpipe catalyst transfer

Wei, P., Hongwei, Q., PetroChina Karamay Petrochemical Co.; Yansheng, L., China University of Petroleum

The fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) is the primary conversion equipment for modern refineries to obtain clean transportation fuels, along with high-grade petrochemical feedstock.

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.