Process Optimization

Corrosion: Maintaining profitability with opportunity crudes while mitigating naphthenic acid corrosion

Gajdacsi, A., Emerson Automation Solutions

Refiners are asked to produce products within ever tighter margins in a changing industry.

Process Controls, Instrumentation and Automation: Improved methods for trace element analysis of challenging petrochemical samples

Kutscher, D., Thermo Fisher Scientific

There is no doubt that the purpose of refining crude oils into natural raw materials is crucial to produce a vast array of fuels and products used in our daily lives.

How one analyzer technology can improve a semi-regenerative catalytic reforming process

Garza, A., Endress+Hauser

Going back to the earliest days of the industry, oil refiners have found that breaking down crude oil into marketable fractions does not always result in high volumes of the most profitable products.

Consequence modeling and risk analysis for safeguarding against jet fires

Due to their high momentum and erosive nature, sustained jet fires are one of the most hazardous types of fires that can threaten the integrity of process facilities.

Design and scale-up of gaseous Group A fluid bed systems for chemical synthesis

Jazayeri, B., Contributing Editor

More than 100 fluid bed reactors for chemical synthesis and comparable processes using Group A powders have been installed and operated successfully since the late 1940s, with some reactors having an inside diameter at much larger than 7 m (23 ft).

Impact plant performance by improving the steam system

Walter, J. P., TLV Corp.

Petrochemical plants and refineries face production and profitability challenges on multiple fronts.

Choosing an FCCU CO promoter is no longer driven by NOx emissions

Fluidized catalytic cracking units (FCCUs) form coke during the reaction that combusts in the regenerator and supplies heat for the process.

Digital: Digital twin for refinery production optimization

Garcia, C. A., Repsol

Digitalization is fundamental to Repsol’s strategy for the future.

Editorial Comment: In pursuit of operational excellence: A thank you from Hydrocarbon Processing

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late September, Hydrocarbon Processing hosted the International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC).

Control valve design challenges for green diesel processes

Prusha, J., Emerson Automation Solutions

Green (or renewable) diesel is a biofuel that offers several advantages over biodiesel, so many refineries are increasingly including it in their production portfolios.