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Special Focus: Petrochemical Technology
Fuels and chemicals: Finding the right refinery configuration for a less predictable world
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Aromatics / Carbon Management / Construction / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Diesel / Distillation / Economics / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Gasoline / Naphtha / Polymers / Products / Reactors / Sulfur / Valves / Asia/Pacific
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.
How high can polyethylene and polypropylene plant capacities rise?
Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plants are the popular downstream derivatives of ethylene crackers or petrochemical fluidized catalytic cracking (petro-FCC).
Best practices for pygas-based styrene extraction
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Aromatics / Carbon Management / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Gasoline / Natural Gas / Polymers / Sulfur / Asia/Pacific
Pyrolysis gasoline (pygas) is a by-produced fraction of hydrocarbons generated from a steam cracker.
A novel polymerization retarder with boosted performance and improved handling characteristics
Styrene monomer production plants continually face a need to slow polymerization rates in the purification section of the production process to increase monomer production rates, reduce polymerization/fouling and tar formation, and protect against equipment plugging, especially in the event of unplanned shutdowns.
Specifying internals in sour water strippers—Part 2
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Refining / Desulfurization / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Hydrotreating / Loss Prevention / Sulfur / Treating
Sour water stripping is a common process in petroleum refineries and other processes where hydrogen sulfide (H<sub>2</sub>S) is present.
Getting the most out of your process burner tiles
It is often incorrectly assumed that the burner tile is simply a piece of refractory or firebrick. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The use of tube inserts in fired heaters
In 1896, Whitham<sup>1</sup> reported the successful use of twisted tapes (originally called retarders, and now also called turbulators) to increase heat transfer in boiler fire tubes—their effectiveness in increasing heat transfer is well known.
Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery
Optimizing failure data analysis
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Construction / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Safety
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).
Double-suction centrifugal compressor in ethylene plant inlet piping design
Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Compressors / Construction / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Piping / Polymers / Rotating Equipment / Valves
Centrifugal compressors are designed with different suction nozzle orientations and impeller layouts in casing.
Maintenance and Reliability
Strategies to minimize piping thermal maintenance system cost without compromising performance
Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Economics / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Piping / Americas / Middle East
Where process fluid must be maintained within a certain operating temperature window, the piping will likely require the application of a thermal maintenance system.
Down with downtime: Repair complex petrochemical components with selective electroplating
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Corrosion / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Safety / Valves / Americas
The volatile impact of the coronavirus pandemic hit at the same time the petrochemical industry was entering a downcycle.
High-frequency acoustic excitation—Part 2
Failure of a piping section at the outlet of pressure safety valves (PSVs) and control valves—where significant differential pressure exists (particularly in gas processing industries)—is a common problem in industries.
Environment and Safety
Implement effective operational discipline programs to improve process safety performance—Part 2
Operational discipline (OD) describes human behavior in complying with required systems, every time, to consistently achieve organizational goals and overall operational excellence.<sup>1,2</sup>
Editorial Comment: Petrochemicals: Changing technologies and configurations to satisfy future demand
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Polymers / Products / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Middle East
For nearly a decade, capital investments in new petrochemical capacity have skyrocketed. This
Reliability: Finding upgraded sealing solutions
By universal agreement, the safety and reliability of facilities in the hydrocarbon processing industry—and most other industrial plants—are of highest importance.
Engineering Case Histories: Case 111: Predict the cause of cracks in gear teeth and time to failure
Maintenance & Reliability / Refining / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Management / Rotating Equipment
In the practice of engineering, we sometimes wish for better hindsight or foresight.
Executive Viewpoint: Interconnected neural networks drive breakthrough optimization
Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Economics / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / People / Products
We have all learned that technology alone will not improve our operations.
Regional Focus: Russia looks to double petrochemicals and LPG exports by 2025
Russia hopes to become one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of petrochemicals and LPG by 2025 by doubling its domestic output and exports.
Digital: ROI is the secret sauce for sustainable digital transformation
Digital transformation is a broad term that can mean vastly different things to different people.
Trends and Resources
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Construction / Desulfurization / Distillation / Engineering & Design / Hydrocracking / Hydrotreating / Polymers / Reactors / Sulfur / Treating
The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is steadily advancing through the energy transition.
Business Trends: A perspective on new technology impacts on the chemical processing industry
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Carbon Management / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Products / Rotating Equipment / Safety / Utilities
Over the past five years, the industrial evolution has been propelled by the same technologies that have dramatically changed our private lives.
U.S. refinery margins extended their upward trend for the fifth consecutive month, exhibiting the largest upturn relative to other regions.
Global Project Data
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Construction / Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
After a tumultuous year, many active capital projects have been deferred, delayed or even abandoned.
SPECTRO Analytical Instruments has introduced the newest version of its SPECTROGREEN inductively coupled plasma optical emissions spectrometry (ICP-OES) analyzer: the SPECTROGREEN TI, featuring SPECTRO’s proven twin interface (TI).
XRG Technologies appoints Joe Tleimat as Senior Principal Engineer
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