Process Optimization

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is steadily advancing through the energy transition.

Executive Viewpoint: Interconnected neural networks drive breakthrough optimization

Cohen, G., Imubit

We have all learned that technology alone will not improve our operations.

Editorial Comment: Petrochemicals: Changing technologies and configurations to satisfy future demand

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For nearly a decade, capital investments in new petrochemical capacity have skyrocketed. This

Strategies to minimize piping thermal maintenance system cost without compromising performance

Forbes, B., AMETEK

Where process fluid must be maintained within a certain operating temperature window, the piping will likely require the application of a thermal maintenance system.

Double-suction centrifugal compressor in ethylene plant inlet piping design

Zardynezhad, S., TurboTech Consulting Corp.

Centrifugal compressors are designed with different suction nozzle orientations and impeller layouts in casing.

Optimizing failure data analysis

Stewart, L., Statham, S., exida LLC

A critical objective of engineers who design an automatic protection system is to lower the false trip rate and to lower a key metric called average probability of failure on demand (PFDavg).

Specifying internals in sour water strippers—Part 2

Sour water stripping is a common process in petroleum refineries and other processes where hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is present.

Best practices for pygas-based styrene extraction

Liu, Z., Joshi, S., Ma, H., Zhang, R., Sulzer GTC Technology

Pyrolysis gasoline (pygas) is a by-produced fraction of hydrocarbons generated from a steam cracker.

Fuels and chemicals: Finding the right refinery configuration for a less predictable world

Chaudhuri, S., Singh, R., Bechtel India

The refining industry links the upstream production of crude oil with the end markets for fuel products, as well as for the petrochemical/chemical industry.

Specifying internals in sour water strippers—Part 1

A sour water stripper (SWS) system is a common process in petroleum refineries and other processes where hydrogen sulfide is present.