The Eight Steps to Specify a Catalyst Bed

Originally delivered Nov 12, 2014
Source: AIChE
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This webinar outlines the eight basic steps in specifying a hydro-genation catalyst: performance specification, process configuration, catalyst selection, mass balance, heat balance, calculating catalyst volume, selecting the reactor diameter, and estimating life.

Catalysts are essential in oil refining and in the production of petrochemicals. In a typical refinery, each crude oil fraction passes through two to six different catalyst beds in the transformation to gasoline, diesel, or petrochemical feedstock. At least one of these catalyst beds contains hydrogenation catalyst. Additional catalyst is required to convert hydrocarbon feedstocks to refined petrochemicals. Specifying the right catalyst bed can mean the difference between years of profitable, trouble-free operation and continuously dealing with “issues” and “opportunities for improvement".


Gary Gildert

Gary Gildert has been an active member of the South Texas Section of the AIChE for the past four years serving as Chair of the PE/PO workshops, Position 1 Executive, and presently co-producing our meeting webcasts. He has previously contributed to two workshops and served as a dinner speaker.

Gary received his Bachelor of Applied Science (Ch.E.) from the University of Waterloo in 1981 and his Masters of Business Administration from Rice University in 2005. He is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Canada (1986) and Alberta, Canada (1990), a member of American Institute...Read more

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