Archive for the ‘Chemical’ Category

Gaining Insights in Addressing Corrosion and Flaring Challenges

Posted in Chemical, Event, Refining on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017. 2 comments so far
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The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching—March 19-21 in San Antonio Texas. It is: …the world’s premier refining meeting, assembling key executives, decision-makers, and technical experts from refining businesses, technology providers, contracting and consulting firms, and equipment manufacturers around the world. If you’ll be attending, make sure to catch several […]

Optimizing Distillation for Increased Methanol Capacity

Posted in Chemical, Support Services on Monday, September 26th, 2016. No comments yet
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Author: James Gremillion When the process licensor designed your methanol plant, everything fit together to exactly produce the nameplate amount of methanol yearly. In the design there were necessary tradeoffs made because of costs, physical size, availability of materials, etc. In designing the distillation section, for example, the licensor did a calculation of how many […]

Avoiding Corrosion while Increasing Urea Production

Posted in Chemical, Level on Thursday, August 18th, 2016. No comments yet
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Author: James Gremillion One of the key problems urea plants face is corrosion. The corrosion problem rests with one chemical produced by the urea process, ammonium carbamate. Ammonium carbamate is produced by reacting ammonia and carbon dioxide at high pressures (up to 200 bar) in a special reactor. The urea reactor is a reactor vessel […]

Optimizing the Ammonia Production Process

Posted in Chemical on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016. No comments yet
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Author: James Gremillion One of the earliest applications of “computer control”, a now archaic term, on an ammonia plant was done in 1969 by Weissenfelder and Shah of Borden Chemical and IBM respectively. They were able to implement advanced control schemes in a computer that had proven to be too difficult to do in the […]

Urea Production Automation Challenges

Posted in Chemical, Flow on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016. One comment so far
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Urea is a key component in nitrogen-rich fertilizers. Typically, the urea production process begins with hydrogen from natural gas and nitrogen in the air to produce ammonia. Urea is produced from the combination of ammonia and carbon dioxide. Urea producers must balance throughput with efficiency and the quality of the urea produced. In a new […]