Refining

Digital: Digital twin for refinery production optimization

Garcia, C. A., Repsol

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

Process Controls, Instrumentation and Automation: Why it is time to move on from the thermowell

Thermowells are widely used in industrial applications for measuring temperature; however, with new, high-accuracy, non-invasive alternatives available, it is time to move on from thermowells and embrace more innovative measurement techniques.

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).

Business Trends: Battle of the biofuels: Renewable diesel vs. biodiesel

O'Brien, P., Opportune LLP

As new low-carbon diesel fuels and blends become more readily available, it is important to understand the differences between them and how each impacts engine performance.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As detailed in the Editorial Comment of the October issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, the nominees for the 2021 Top Projects Awards have been announced, with voting ongoing at HydrocarbonProcessing.com.

Vertically suspended molten sulfur pumping challenges and best practices

Brashler, K., Allah, W. K., Saudi Aramco

The objective of this article is to share industry experience related to the reliability challenges with vertically suspended molten sulfur pumps. Due to the operating temperatures and the unique chemical properties of sulfur, several operational and reliability challenges are inherently present across the industry.

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.

Integrate artificial intelligence with natural intelligence

Fernandes, S., Yokogawa Corp. of America Inc.

Have you noticed that many articles about artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT) or digital transformation likely include an image of a human brain?

Advanced methods for controlling boiler tube corrosion and fouling—Part 2

Kraetsch, K., Buecker, B., ChemTreat, Inc.

In Part 1 of this article, the authors covered techniques for minimizing corrosion and contaminant ingress from condensate return and feedwater to industrial steam generators.

Monitoring hydrogen plant performance—Part 2

Ramakumar, K. R., Johnson Matthey

Process monitoring is an indispensable practice to keep track of KPIs of an H2 plant.