Refining

If you want AI to overcome limitations, give it more scalability

Brooks, M., AspenTech

Artificial intelligence (AI) has caused a significant buzz not only within the hydrocarbon processing industry but also in everyday activities.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month, Hydrocarbon Processing presented its mid-year market update to a global audience.

Evaluation of high-strength steel SA-517-Gr-F for large pressure vessels

Chaudhari, A., Kulkarni, M., BASF Chemicals India Pvt. Ltd.

Conventionally, carbon steel material has been widely used around the globe for the fabrication of static equipment—such as tall towers, vessels, heat exchangers, etc.—for less-corrosive service.

Industry Metrics

Mike Rhodes, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

U.S. Gulf Coast margins increased, supported by unplanned refinery outages that limited a stronger recovery in run rates and kept product outputs relatively supressed.

Integral vs. proportional gap for averaging level control

Gous, G., De Vaal, P., The University of Pretoria

In process plants, many instances of level control are required to keep the material balance of the plant from integrating to undesired operating conditions.

Execution features of modularization projects

Chuang, R., Fan, A., CTCI Corp.

Due to growing global environmental awareness in recent decades, the petrochemical industries have been seeking more cost-effective construction solutions.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database is tracking nearly 1,100 projects around the world.

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.

Optimize product blending using Excel spreadsheets and Lingo software—Part 2

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

Linear programming (LP) for blending. LP is an optimization model that can be used to good advantage despite the highly nonlinear characteristics of the fluid flow-cash flow model.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 113: The benefits of an engineering education and advanced degrees

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

It has been a long time since I graduated with my engineering degrees, but I feel qualified to discuss them after many years in industry.