Process Optimization

Air-to-air pneumatic booster fail-safe system for valves

Aguirre, M., Cowan Dynamics

In pneumatic valve automation systems, it is common to hear the following terms for valve positions: “fail open (FO),” “fail close (FC)” and “fail last (FL)”.

Materials management: Data-centric execution to enhance organizational productivity—Part 1

Wyss, S., Bechtel Corp.

As a veteran of many capital projects once observed, “All projects execute materials management—those that do so without a plan and the appropriate resources just do it very poorly.”

Monitoring hydrogen plant performance—Part 1

Ramakumar, K. R., Johnson Matthey Process Technologies

Process monitoring is an indispensable practice to keep track of key performance indicators (KPIs) of the hydrogen (H2) plant.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

On October 28, Hydrocarbon Processing will announce the winners of the 2021 HP Awards during a virtual streaming event.

Improve kerosene mercaptan sweetening with fluoropolymer-cartridge liquid-liquid coalescers

Wines, T. H., Gorin, A., Pall Corp.; Rios, J., Trucko, J., Honeywell UOP

Many refineries are experiencing new problems related to the formation of stable emulsions and poor separation due to the increased use of lower-cost opportunity crude oils that have a high total acid number (TAN), higher gravities and more sulfur content.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In mid-August, Hydrocarbon Processing announced the finalists of the 2021 HP Awards, celebrating innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year and are making the HPI safer, more efficient and more profitable.

Enhanced unit monitoring enabled by digital twin

Chellani, J., KBC, a Yokogawa Company; Winter, G., Alshaikh, A., Saudi Aramco

Process engineers must continuously monitor the health and performance of process units.

Monitor ppb monomer impurities and catalyst poisons with process GC-MS

Wasson, J., Russell, T., Wasson-ECE Instrumentation

Competition in the ethylene market is fierce and demands for the quality of the ethylene are increasing. High-purity monomers are used to make polyethylene and polypropylene, the polymeric building blocks for two important plastics.

Implementation of advanced level control techniques in refinery operations

Mandal, K. K., Nayara Energy Ltd.

Plant performance depends on stable operations, with steady feed, product flow, temperature and pressure control as per process requirements.

Show Preview: IRPC Operations: Optimizing operations and maintenance in the HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is constantly investing in new technologies to optimize operations.