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Chem Economics: ACC Releases Portfolio of Specialty Chemicals Indexes

September
2012
Chem Economics
T. Kevin Swift
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has launched a new set of indexes covering nearly 30 segments of the U.S. specialty chemicals market. (The first, which dealt with plastic additives, was discussed in the July issue, p. 13.) This is the first set...

Sulfur Myths - What We Know and What We Do Not Know

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 13, 2011
The use of organosulfur compounds in steam cracking furnaces to produce ethylene and propylene is a universal practice to essentially prevent carbon...

Fouling Mitigation of Quench Tower System

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 24, 2010
Gas cracking plants are especially sensitive to fouling in the quench water section. One main fouling mechanism in the quench tower and in the...

“Compression System Check Valve Failure Hazards”

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 24, 2010
Catastrophic equipment failure due to overpressure can potentially occur in the event of compression system discharge, interstage, and/or suction...

Current Methods of Measurement of NO, NO2 and NH3

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
The measurements of NO, NO2 and NH3 have been a challenge for analytical chemists for many years. This paper will deal primarily with new advances in...

Fouling by Asphaltenes After and During Conversion

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
During resid conversion processes, such as visbreaking or hydroconversion, more saturated pendant groups are cracked off asphaltenes, making them...

Furnace Safe Park DCS Tool

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
Properly managing the shutdown or “safe parking” of multiple steam-cracking furnaces during a plant-wide upset can be challenging. Alarm flood and...

Full Potential Conversion of Vacuum Resids

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
Present vacuum resid conversion processes, either coking or hydroconversion, are far from achieving their maximum conversion. With the remaining...

Fuel Performance Parameters for Marine Engines

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
The regulations for sulfur reduction in marine fuels are impacting the whole spectrum beginning from the production of the fuel in the refineries to...

Feedstock Contaminants: A Case Study

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
An advanced characterization program was designed and implemented to identify the chemical nature of contaminants present in the feed to a flexi-...

Integrated Refinery Cracker, the New Paradigm

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
The new trends in crackers are higher capacity and heavier feedstock. This makes the integration between refineries and crackers significantly more...

Options for Mercury Removal in Ethylene Plants

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
Ethylene producers have faced the challenge of feedstock contaminants for decades. However, with current industry transitions and surplus capacity,...

Safety Incidents in Ethylene Plants

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
Many similar safety incidents occur in ethylene plants throughout the world. While these should be well known to plant operators, our paper lists...

Technologies for Enhancing Refinery Gas Value

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
The trend of processing heavy and sour crude is resulting in 'fuel long' refineries which seek to export energy in the form of refinery fuel gas or...

Advanced Materials for Radiant Coils

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 22, 2010
Since radiant coils operate under severe conditions of carburization, oxidation and erosion tube material selection plays an important role. Schmidt...

Cracked Gas Dryer System Debottlenecking Concepts

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 22, 2010
Of prime importance in the ethylene plant process is the Cracked Gas (CG) Dehydration System. CG Dryer operation is a key factor to the achievement...

Advanced Catalysts for C2-C4 Selective Hydrogenation

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 22, 2010
Availability of pure olefin monomers is a key step in the production of polymers. These olefins are mainly produced by steam crackers. KataLeuna...

Deployment of ZeaChem's Sustainable Biorefinery

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 22, 2010
Increased emphasis is being placed on renewable, sustainable, domestic forms of energy, including transportation fuels, at national, state and local...

Reliable Retention of Molecular Sieve Beds

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 22, 2010
Reliable operation of an Olefin gas/liquid dehydrator requires careful attention to the integrity of the grid supporting the molecular sieve...

Unusual Corrosion Failures of Transfer Line Exchangers

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 22, 2010
This paper describes two case histories of corrosion failures. The first case history describes metal dusting of the tubes and tubesheet from the...

Bio-Refinery for the Production of Ethylene Derivatives

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 22, 2010
Downstream products of petroleum have been the main source for feedstocks for most of the petrochemicals produced over the last 90 years. However,...

Advances in Renewable Jet Technology

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 22, 2010
Use of aviation fuel currently corresponds to 2-3% of the total fossil fuels used worldwide, or 13% of fossil fuel used in transportation fuel...
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