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Shell’s Latest Improvements in FCC Feed Nozzle Technology – a Step Change in Performance

Presented By

Todd Foshee - Shell Catalysts & Technologies


FCC internals Shell oilShell has long been a developer of FCC feed nozzle technology, but over the last 5+ years, Shell’s R&D efforts have led to a significant improvement in feed nozzle design in terms of conversion, selectivity and feed flexibility. Shell’s efforts started with using new analytical techniques that identified previously unknown portions of the spray pattern called globules, or unatomized portions of the liquid. Once identified, changes were made to Shell’s feed nozzle design to drastically reduce globule content and significantly improved feed nozzle performance. Since 2016, Shell’s new feed nozzle design has been implemented in just about all of Shell’s FCCU’s as well as some third party locations with each of the installations showing dramatic reductions in bottoms make and increases in gasoline minus yields. This presentation will focus on the results from four sites where the data has been audited.

Todd FosheeTodd Foshee is the FCC Licensing Technology Manager for Shell Catalysts & Technologies, located in Houston, TX. Todd is part of a team responsible for the process design on FCC projects for Shell and third party customers. Todd has a BS and MS in chemical engineering, along with 25 years of experience in the hydrocarbon processing industry that includes process design, site support and operations.

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