Petrochemicals

Ethylene Decomposition Tutorial

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2019
Ethylene decomposition is a rather subtle hazard that can occur when ethylene is exposed to elevated pressure and temperature. This paper will...

Transforming Abundant Data into Improved Process Reliability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Today, processing facilities are beginning to effectively utilize the abundance of process and asset health data and information as part of an...

An Overview of Recycle Streams As a Source of Contamination

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2019
To minimize waste, steam crackers tend to feature a range of recycle streams, either internally within the plant, or externally from neighboring...

High Cycle Fatigue in Steam Turbines

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2019
Review the impact of high cycle fatigue for steam turbine blades especially in high stress areas Discuss the presence of inclusions, especially those...

Thailand’s Petrochemical Industry

May
2019
Global Outlook
Wiroon Tanthapanichakoon, P. E.
Thailand has one of the most well-developed petrochemical industries in Asia. This article provides insights into past and present trends, challenges, and key success factors for the Thai chemical industry.

Meet Process Engineer Varun Harikumar

February 7, 2019

Varun shares his experiences as a young process engineer, discussing his career path, challenges of his work in process engineering, and more.

Chemical Reactivity Management

Archived Webinar
May 10, 2017
Could there be potential reactive hazards in your facility you’re not aware of? Don’t let undesired reactions lead to uncontrolled situations and reactive chemical incidents. In this ioKinetic...

Introduction to Surfactants

Archived Webinar
Dec 9, 2015
This session is a basic introduction to the types of surfactants found in industry, their properties, and how those properties translate into improved performance in specific applications...

The Ubiquitous Hydrocyclone Separator: Theory and Practice

Archived Webinar
Feb 10, 2009
The hydrocyclone separator, which was invented in 1891 (see E. Bretney, “Water Purifier”, U.S. Patent 453,105) is widely used in process engineering as a classifier, a clarifier, or a thickener. The...

CEP: News Update

February
2019
News Update
A Hub for Appalachia’s Emerging Petrochemical Industry A recent U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) report highlights the potential benefits of Appalachia Development Group’s (ADG) proposed infrastructure project, the over $3 billion Appalachian Storage and...

Advances in Utilizing Data to Improve Operations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Big data and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are relevant topics of discussion in many commercial and industrial applications, and it also...

How Big a Future Cracker Should You Consider?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
The plant capacity of ethylene plants has evolved over more than last six decades. Every time businesses have struggled with the same question - how...

Converting Propane and Butane (LPG) in to High-Value Products

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Shale oil and gas operations in North America generate abundant and low-cost supplies of LPG. At the same time, high production levels of shale oil...

Ageing Assets in the Process Industry -  an Holistic View

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Introduction: Ageing is something natural. Everything is ageing including us as human beings. When we get older we will visit a doctor more often, we...

Modeling and Optimization of a Cracked Naphtha Post-Treater

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
FCC cracked naphtha is a valuable component of the gasoline pool that, when untreated, is characterized by high olefin and sulfur content. The...

Automation: Integrating Capital Projects with Turnarounds

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
The traditional view of turnarounds is that they are just maintenance events. In reality, these planned shutdown events are very strategic...

Deep Desulfurization Guardbeds for Hydrocarbon Processing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Traditionally sulfur removal from hydrocarbon feeds is carried out in a two-step process: hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of the organic sulfur compounds...

Feedstock Contaminants in Ethylene Plants - 2017 Update

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Ethylene plant operators were polled for their responses on a wide range of feedstock contaminant issues. This paper presents the responses to this...

Last Line of Defense - Improving Our Step Back 5x5

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Last Line of Defense - Improving Our Step Back 5x5 Â Step Back 5x5 is our last layer of defense and perhaps our most important. This paper...

New Cumene Alkylation Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Selective benzene alkylation to cumene using a variety of propylene derived feeds is an important process for production of phenol as a building...

Trace Contaminant Removal in Petroleum Refining Processes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Adsorbents are widely utilized for trace contaminant removal in petroleum refining processes, including fluid catalytic cracking, catalytic reforming...

Alkylation and Other Processes for Refinery Propylene

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Propylene, originating from catalytic and thermal cracking processes like Fluid Catalytic Cracking, FCC and Delayed Coking, DCU, presents a...

Energy-Industry Trends and Insights from the Wellhead to Downstream Products

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
HSB Solomon Associates LLC (Solomon) has conducted Comparative Performance Analyses™ (CPA™), also known as the Solomon studies, for over 35 years. These studies benchmark the Refining, Petrochemicals, Midstream, Upstream, and Electric Power industries, with the earliest studies starting in 1980.

C2 Front-End Hydrogenation Improvements

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
The presentation will address the parameters influencing selectivity and the impact over time. A side-by-side comparison of 5+ year operating data of...
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