(96f) Design Considerations for Propylene Splitters

Authors: 
Kolmetz, K. - Presenter, KLM Technology Group


The Chemical Processing Industry has been continually pushing the capacity envelope of new and existing distillation columns.  While increasing the capacity of existing columns is not unusual, great care needs to be taken when a revamp is being considered.  There is a fine line between success and failure when a column is designed at or near the upper end of the capacity envelope. 

The authors will detail the methodology used when designing a new or considering a capacity increase for an existing propylene splitter.  This paper will discuss design aspects that need to be considered when designing a propylene splitter. The authors will also present a generic case study of a propylene splitter revamp.

Some of the topics that will be covered by the authors are:

  1. Process simulation of a propylene splitter – proper simulation techniques
  2. From the simulation to the field – tray efficiencies
  3. Utilizing a process simulation to develop column hydraulics
  4. The types of internals that have been used in propylene splitter columns 
  5. Design considerations that need to be addressed when considering a revamp.

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