Refining

Digital: Safety, simplicity and productivity provide the value needed in plant operations

David, A., Endress+Hauser

In today’s manufacturing environment, process automation professionals must choose from a multitude of widgets and innovations to help their plants run more smoothly.

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.

Process control reimagined

Imagine visiting the control room of a typical process unit at a refinery.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This month, Hydrocarbon Processing will be hosting two events—one to showcase the latest in processing technologies in the refining and petrochemicals markets, and the other to provide an update on the latest trends, initiatives and capital project investments in the global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI).

Innovations

Mike Rhodes, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What are the latest advancements in HPI technologies? This month’s Innovations section details the tools and technologies that are optimizing plant operations.

Separating from the competition: Recovering profits after the pandemic

Christianson, J., Scalco, V., General Atomics

As recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic begins, so will a return to normal life.

Good distributor design for high-velocity feed debottlenecks a crude preflash tower

Blum, B., Bazan Group; Kister, H., Fluor; Tsang, R., Koch-Glitsch

Bazan Group’s crude unit No. 3—not designed by any of the authors’ companies—was bottlenecked by the preflash tower.

Vapor velocity guidelines for horizontal flare knockout drums

Flare knockout (KO) drums are important components of effluent handling systems.

Thick-wall reactor shell repair procedure after damage detection at an interface in a hydrocracking unit

Chidambaram, S., Central Mechanical Research Institute

The vessel and reactor operating in a refinery may undergo various deteriorations due to their operating conditions.

Double-tubesheet heat exchangers: Necessities and challenges

Misal, P. M., Fluor

Among all types of heat exchangers, shell-and-tube heat exchangers are in huge demand for industrial applications.