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GTC Article in PTQ: Balanced Distillation Equipment Design

January 2017 – Fouling resistance and efficiency requirements for distillation equipment are balanced and optimized for reliable unit performance Fouling tendency is a critical issue in crude distillation units and should not be overlooked when designing crude...

GTC Article in PTQ: Improved Distillation Efficiency

October 2016 – Dividing wall column technology applied to a xylenes separation project delivered superior energy efficiency compared to a two-column arrangement. As the global energy sector enters a new phase centered on energy reduction, dividing wall columns...

GTC Article in Hydrocarbon Processing: Distillation – Then and Now

August 2016 – This article is educational for those interested in the history of distillation practices, and also those who want to jump straight to the present state-of-the-art.  The tri-partite authors include a long-time expert in the industry with more than...

GTC Article in PTQ: Enhancing Fractionator Efficiency

April 2016 – Properly designed vapor and liquid distribution devices enable more effective distillation column efficiency Number of trays and packed bed height are both primary parameters in determining the degree of separation of a distillation column. However, this...

GTC Article in Hydrocarbon Engineering: A New Catalyst Approach

December 2015 – Due to global tightening on sulfur emission regulations, chemical plants worldwide are facing the task of either upgrading existing sulfur processing units or installing new units to meet regulations. Sulfur recovery requirements, depending on the...

GTC Article In PTQ: Optimising Preflash For Light Tight Oil Processing

September 2015 – For a crude unit handling light tight oil feedstock, a semi-preflash column can deliver significant advantages in energy saving, capacity gain and revamp economics. Article Summary The basic function of a crude distillation unit is to provide...