Process Optimization

Linear vs. nonlinear: Calculate gasoline component properties

Curcio, L. E., Refinery Automation Institute, LLC

The US is the largest “gasoline guzzler” in the world, producing and consuming about 9 MMbpd of gasoline—global production is approximately 45 MMbpd.

Set refinery profitability goals

Johnson, A., Johnson, E., Graham Corp.; Lieberman, N., Process Improvement Engineering

While the ultimate purpose of operating a refinery is to produce gasoline, diesel or asphalt, key objectives include improving return on investment (ROI), net profitability and cash flow.

Editorial Comment: The true essence of optimization

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What is the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word optimization?

Industry Perspectives: What topics do you want to hear about?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Throughout Hydrocarbon Processing’s 97 yr of publishing technical material for the refining and petrochemical industries, the journal has focused on numerous topics to optimize downstream processing facility operations.

Mitigating corrosion challenges from opportunity crudes

Wold, K., Emerson Automation Solutions

High-quality crudes are not always readily available, or at a price that is acceptable to the producer’s budget.

The benefits of automatic batch distillation

Process control methods have been applied to batch distillation of crude oil and intermediate oils performed in the Chevron DPST labs in Richmond, California.

Welded plate heat exchangers cut refinery process costs—Part 2

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

Plate-and-frame (P&F) heat exchangers were first manufactured 100 yr ago for use in the dairy industry.

Online Exclusive: Interview with AspenTech at Optimize 2019

Hydrocarbon Processing's Editor, Associate Publisher Lee Nichols met with Aspen Technology's Ron Beck, Director of Industry Marketing, Oil and Gas, and Paul Donnelly, Director, Industry Marketing, at AspenTech's Optimize 2019 conference.

Topaz embraces IoT with BHGE’s VitalyX Lubricant Monitoring System

Topaz Energy and Marine has signed a long-term agreement and placed an order with Baker Hughes, a GE company to collaborate on deploying BHGE’s lubricant condition monitoring system, VitalyX.

Separate fine solid particles from dusty air with a uniflow cyclone

Sakthivel, S., TATA Consulting Engineers Ltd.; Pitchumani, B., Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Fine particles are usually collected by dry collectors, wet collectors, electrostatic precipitators and filters, at the commercial level.