(60am) Impact of Drag Reducing Agents in Product Fuels on Filtration Performance
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Given that DRA contamination in product fuels is still an emerging issue, very few studies on the best removal and treatment methods currently exist in the literature. To this end, a study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of using filtration technology to remove DRA from a product diesel fuel. A custom filtration test apparatus was utilized to perform laboratory testing to evaluate filter performance, and a new rapid method to characterize the level of DRA contamination in product fuel was developed and utilized to benchmark the performance of a media filter. The method shows promise for rapid, qualitative determination of the DRA contamination in product fuels. The impacts of DRA on filter life and removal efficiency are discussed from an industrial perspective. Data from field pilot testing at a Midwestern fuel distribution terminal is also presented to further supported the laboratory data.