Petrochemicals

Business Trends: The big data tools and related professional competencies required in the chemical industry

Khan, A., Manzoor, M., Saudi Aramco

Big data is making tremendous changes in various sectors of the economy, and chemical industries can now leverage these new advancements.

Sustainability: Staying ahead of environmental, social and governance goals

Ofori, B., Emerson Automation Solutions

Investing in firms that champion environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues (TABLE 1) has been discussed for decades but is now moving to the forefront of corporate initiatives.

Enhance aromatics production with concurrent reduction of environmental footprint—Part 2

Part 1 of this article (October 2021) discussed how catalytic reforming processes produce olefin contaminants in aromatics streams via paraffin dehydrogenation side reactions.

History of the HPI: The 1940s: Global conflict, FCC, 100 octane, synthetic rubber—Wartime necessitates advancing technologies

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing continues its look at the history of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI).

HP Flashback: Operations expand and technologies advance during global conflict: Excerpts from the 1940s

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This articles details several case studies on the use of x-ray technology for inspection purposes. This includes for the inspection of casings, forgings and welded structures, among others.

Industry Pioneers: Polymer science, catalytic cracking, petrochemicals and EPC

Sharma, Sumedha, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Waldo Semon was an American chemist whose detour with assigned laboratory research at B. F. Goodrich led to the development of vinyl—the second best-selling plastic in the world.

New practice of diameter-transformed fluidized bed reactor in the petrochemical industry

Wang, X., Xu, Y., SINOPEC Research Institute of Petroleum Processing (RIPP)

Motor gasoline standards are becoming increasingly stringent—in particular, the olefins content requirement in motor gasoline is getting lower and lower. Among these standards, China standard motor gasoline VI (B) requires that the olefin content should be < 15 vol%.

Environment and Safety: Building resilience: Why now is the time to invest in natural hazard risk management

Leboeuf, C., ABS Group

With extreme weather events growing in frequency worldwide, organizations can do many things to protect their assets and mitigate some of the risks posed by natural hazards.

Industry Pioneers: Polymer science, catalytic cracking and chemical advances

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Austrian-born chemist, Hermann Francis Mark, is well-known for his contributions to the development of polymer science, which he devoted more than 60 yr of his life to.

Productivity in process plant engineering: Aspects and examples

For centuries, division of labor has been the recipe to improve productivity—dividing an organizational set of tasks into smaller tasksets, as assigned to individuals.