Process Optimization

Modified shed decks tackle crude tower fouling problems

Hanson, D., Brown Burns, J., Valero Energy Corp.

Many tray designs have been complicated by the hunt for the “perfect distillation tray” design.

Industry Perspectives: HP Awards—Honoring the industry’s best

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late June, Hydrocarbon Processing announced the finalists for its third annual awards.

Executive Viewpoint: Now and into the future: Challenges and solutions for the global processing industries

Fredrick, C., Young, K., Merichem Co.

Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with senior-level executives of Merichem Company, Cyndie Fredrick (CF) and Kathy Young (KY), Senior Vice Presidents and General Managers of Merichem’s two business units, to discuss the state of the downstream industry, where it is heading in the future and how their company is helping operators meet their sustainability goals.

Chemistry modeling system—A key to increased steam system reliability

Robinson, J., Robinson, G., SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions

Oil refineries and petrochemical plants rely on steam systems to maintain utility and process unit operations.

Estimation of relief load and realistic relieving temperature for heavy-end fractionating columns

Saha, J., Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd.; Chaudhuri, S., Bechtel India Pvt Ltd.; Groenendijk, S., Fluor

Relief calculation is one of the most discussed aspects of chemical engineering design.

Projects as programs: A vision for long-term project success

Scofield, R., Solvay

Process industries across the globe grapple with producing dozens or even hundreds of different products.

Refinery revamp opportunities with welded plate heat exchangers

Kauders, P., CDE Projects Ltd.; Broad, R., GESMEX Exchangers GmbH

The plate-and-shell (P&S) heat exchanger has three significant advantages over the shell-and-tube (S&T) type traditionally used in refinery processes.

Editorial Comment: Embracing uncertainty for a better tomorrow

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The downstream processing industry is changing.

An evolving approach to digitalization

Wyatt, T., Fleissman, R., Emerson Automation Solutions

Much has been written in recent years about the need for refineries to embrace the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Adapting and prospering in the energy transition

Hasegawa, K., Shire, T., Yokogawa Corp. of America

The energy transition is gathering momentum as pressure from society leads policy makers and investors to demand faster and deeper cuts to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from all industrial sectors.