Fouling in Refineries

Fouling in Refineries

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Fouling in Refineries is an important and ongoing problem that directly affects energy efficiency resulting in increased costs, production losses, and even unit shutdown, requiring costly expenditures to clean up equipment and return capacity to positive levels.

This text addresses this common challenge for the hydrocarbon processing community within each unit of the refinery. As refineries today face a greater challenge of accepting harder to process heavier crudes and the ongoing flow of the lighter shale oil feedstocks, resulting in bigger challenges to balance product stability within their process equipment, this text seeks to inform all relative refinery personnel on how to monitor fouling, characterize the deposits, and follow all available treatments.

With basic modeling and chemistry of fouling and each unit covered, users will learn how to operate at maximum production rates and elongate the efficiency of their refinery's capacity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 538 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 861.82g
  • Gulf Professional Publishing
  • Oxford, United States
  • English
  • Approx. 100 illustrations; Illustrations, unspecified
  • 012800777X
  • 9780128007778
  • 93,594

Table of contents


Chapter 1: The Structure of Petroleum

Chapter 2: Fouling and Asphaltene Constituents

Chapter 3: Factors Influencing Fouling

Chapter 4:Fouling in Refineries

Chapter 5: Fouling during Distillation

Chapter 6: Fouling during Visbreaking

Chapter 7: Fouling during Coking

Chapter 8: Fouling during Catalytic Cracking

Chapter 9: Fouling in Hydroprocesses

Chapter 10: Fouling in Gas Cleaning

Chapter 11: Fouling Treatment and Control


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About James G. Speight

Dr. Speight is currently editor of the journal Petroleum Science and Technology (formerly Fuel Science and Technology International) and editor of the journal Energy Sources. He is recognized as a world leader in the areas of fuels characterization and development. Dr. Speight is also Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Fuels Engineering at the University of Utah. James Speight is also a Consultant, Author and Lecturer on energy and environmental issues. He has a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, both from University of Manchester. James has worked for various corporations and research facilities including Exxon, Alberta Research Council and the University of Manchester. With more than 45 years of experience, he has authored more than 400 publications--including over 50 books--reports and presentations, taught more than 70 courses, and is the Editor on many journals including the Founding Editor of Petroleum Science and Technology.
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