June 2000


Special Report: Process Optimization

Improve startup of an olefins complex
Bush, K., Stone & Webster Engineers and Constructors, Inc.; Duarte, G., Pohlmann, A., Co Petroquimica do Sul

The operations team performed early dryout of plant systems before mechanical completion of the entire plant, thus enabling a trouble-free commissioning of new equipment

Process Optimization

Distinguishing online optimization benefits from those of advanced controls
White, D. C., Emerson Process Management; Jackson, J., Timmons, C., CITGO Refining and Chemicals LLP

An FCCU case study illustrates the procedure

Consider modeling tools to revamp existing process units
Sloley, A. W., CH2M Hill; Fraser, A. C. S., Simulations Sciences Inc.

In this case history, a refiner uses simulation models with plant test data to debottleneck a crude unit


Training today’s process plant manager
Pankoff Sr., J. A., Center for Process Plant Management,LLC, and TTS Performance Systems, Inc.

Interviews with heads of facilities reveal the need for specific education and development skills


HP Reliability: Consider floating piston compressors
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Process plants have for decades applied nonlubricated reciprocating compressors. Early designs used carbon piston rings and rider bands; these were soon followed by Teflon, filled Teflo..

HPInternet: Encyclopedia Britannica
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

For many of us older folks, the main information source in our homes and at school was the encyclopedia. I remember my mother buying one big red book a week with groceries until we had ..

HP Insight: Thoughts from ACHEMA
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

At the closing of this issue, HP's editorial staff had just returned from the 26th ACHEMA technical conference and exhibition (Frankfurt am Main, Germany, May 22-27, 2000). Our Mar..

HP Water Management: Whatever happened to deaerator cracking?
Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

In 1983, three deaerators ruptured from cracking. Due to concern over potential cracking in other deaerators, many firms conducted independent surveys. Inspections by one refiner, Exxon..

HP Automation Safety: Safety life cycle design saves money
Goble, W., exida LLC

Frequently, it seems like the safety protection part of an automation project is viewed simply as a cost - an unnecessary add-on needed because of some bureaucratic regulation or a fana..

Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The performance materials segment of the BFGoodrich Co., Charlotte, North Carolina, and Advanced Polymer Technologies, LLC have formed a North American joint venture - APT, LLC. The team will produce ..

HPInformer: International
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Fluent Inc., Lebanon, New Hampshire, a leading supplier of computational fluid-dynamics (CFD) software, and BHR Group Ltd., Cranfield, UK, an internationally recognized authority in the field of fluid..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

BEFS-PEC awarded project by RÜTGERS VFT BEFS-PEC has been awarded a project by RÜTGERS VFT n.v. for the purification of 36 Mtpy of naphthalene. This is the 21st industrial naphthalene-purifi..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Just when you thought you'd heard the last of this topic . . . here's a Y2K retrospective from the U.S. Department of Energy. Summing up the experience, Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson notes that ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: CMAI petrochemical conference outlook
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Was 1999 the turning point for global petrochemicals? Current industry analyses were featured at CMAI's annual World Petrochemical Conference. The following are highlights from selected papers present..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Changing role for natural gas storage
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Regulatory changes, coupled with steady growth in U.S. natural gas consumption, are expected to trigger a 21% increase in gas storage capacity over the next 15 years, according to a recent Gas Researc..

HP Impact: HPImpact: 'Total energy package' for big UK consumers?
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to a new report from Datamonitor, independent market analyzers of strategic business information, the energy supplier to the industrial and commercial markets, as it exists today, may soon b..

HP Impact: HPImpact: E-commerce evolving into real-time networks
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As the number of companies committed to e-commerce continues to grow, momentum is building toward a substantial shift in the way companies do business. According to a recent report from Forrester Rese..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Preventive maintenance checklist for your PC
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Is one of your workplace's most critical tools performing a bit sluggishly? Here are seven tips for cleaning up unneeded files from your computer, as suggested by Wayne Springer, president of Atiwa Co..


The process is the essence

Les Kane, Editor       Comments? Write: kaneles@gulfpub.com Our Special Report this month is Process Optimization. What enco..

Systematic procedure for reengineering process equipment
Karimi, I. A., Rangaiah, G. P., Shastri, S. S., Yap, C., National University of Singapore

A refinery air-cooled heat exchanger problem illustrates the method