Refining

History of the HPI: The 1930s: Catalytic cracking, polyethylene, synthetic fibers, resins and jet engines

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) has a rich history of discovery, challenges, breakthroughs, trial and error, collaboration and success. Hydrocarbon Processing continues its reflection on the history of the HPI.

Process Controls, Instrumentation and Automation: Reduce maintenance costs by optimizing pressure transmitter calibration intervals

Burton, B., Emerson Automation Solutions

Pressure instrumentation is crucial for the functionality and safety of hydrocarbon processing facilities worldwide.

Executive Viewpoint: What is the future for the HPI?

Sardina, H., Lummus Technology

Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Helion Sardina (HS), Chief Commercial Officer, Lummus Technology.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 115: A method for analyzing catastrophic type failures

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

A portion of my consulting career involved investigating catastrophic type failures on machines, pressure vessels and structures in the industry.

Case study: Challenges in the selection of a helical baffled exchanger

In a greenfield project, a proprietary heat exchangera has been found to be preferable to conventional shell-and-tube (S&T) exchangers to optimize the total lifecycle cost (i.e., capital, operating, installation and maintenance costs).

Reliability: Resourcefulness solves problems

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the now almost 32 yr since this monthly column was first published, we have had more than a few occasions to highlight the pitfalls of trial-and-error solutions in plants that process toxic, flammable or explosive materials.

Web-based software for predicting crude compatibility and optimization for increasing heavy oil processing

Kumar, R., Rakshit, P. K., John, M., Voolapalli, R. K., Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd.

Refineries in oil-importing nations typically process a blend of crude oils, rather than a single crude oil, to ensure that an optimum product mix can be obtained at the minimum costs.

Editorial Comment: Adoption of digital technologies is a mainstay in the HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A few years ago, Hydrocarbon Processing started to include digital technologies in its monthly article focus.

Optimize refining operations using plant digital twin based on molecular modeling

Hou, Z., Wang, S., Campbell, D., Chan, W., Aspen Technology

A new era of the energy revolution has arrived with the rapid growth of innovative technologies that utilize alternative energy resources, such as electricity, solar, wind and hydrogen, and an increasing demand for sustainable use of natural resources.

Industry Perspectives: Capital investments/major trends affecting the global HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late January, Tyler Campbell, Associate Editor, Hydrocarbon Processing, Gas Processing & LNG, and H2Tech, presented an update on the global capital construction landscape at the Engineering and Construction Contracting (ECC) Extra Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana (U.S.).