Analyzers

Optimization of ethylene in the processing of hydrocarbons

Hecker, H., DOW Chemical Co.; Kim, J., AMETEK Process Instruments

The measurement of moisture or humidity is very important in most industries, including the petrochemicals sector. Excess moisture in instrument air can cause pipes to rust or pneumatic equipment to malfunction.

2022 HP Awards Finalists

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication for 100 yr, has announced the finalists for its sixth annual HP Awards, which celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year.

ASTM D5453 vs. D7039 and the importance of oxygen correction for B100 samples

McHenry, L., X-Ray Optical Systems

The use of biodiesel is rapidly becoming more popular due to growing trends both inside and outside the petroleum industry.

Case studies: Evaluation of the soundness and remaining life of PSA vessels with weld defects

Lee, S., SK Energy; Kwon, O., Quest Integrity

Multiple defects were found in pressure swing adsorption (PSA) vessels during an outage of one of four PSA process units.

Why sulfur plants fail: An in-depth study of sulfur recovery unit failures—Part 1

Bohme, G. E., Sulphur Experts Inc.

Equipment malfunction or an unplanned shutdown of a SRU can have a significant effect on a production company’s profitability, along with an equally serious impact on personnel safety and the environment.

The downstream rundown: In case you missed it 09/02

In case you missed any downstream news, here are the top stories from last week. These articles include announcements from BASF, Shell, Axens, Petronas and many more. Keep up to date with the latest industry news.

LNG: Adapting to a more strategic role calls for effective quality analysis

Garza, A., Miller, S., Sutherland, S., Endress+Hauser

Disruptions of global hydrocarbon supply chains have increased the importance of liquefied natural gas (LNG), causing larger numbers of buyers and sellers to consider it for satisfying energy demand. For some, this is unfamiliar territory, requiring greater knowledge of the technologies and practices involved, as billions of dollars will be changing hands.

HRSG water/steam sampling: Do it right or face potential consequences

Buecker, B., ChemTreat, Inc.; Powalisz, J., Sentry Equipment Corp.

Many large industrial facilities—including refineries, and chemical and petrochemical plants—are increasingly turning to co-generation for process steam and power production.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Thermo Scientific Delta Q isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS) is a next-generation gas IRMS designed to enable detailed analysis with greater precision and accuracy.

Accelerating and expanding process control benefits

Cox, J., Seeq

Advanced industrial data analytics has a prominent role to play in process control and automation.