Catalytic Reforming Fundamentals

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Catalytic reforming has always been a key refining process for the production of high-octane motorgasoline as well as for aromatic petrochemicals. This process is also a prolific hydrogen producer which is extremely important in today’s clean fuels environment. Optimum performance coupled with long run lengths is necessary in the current environment.
This course covers all aspects of this process, including overviews, process flows and chemistry, catalysts, equipment, and proper operation.

What you will learn


  • Why reforming?
  • History of the process
  • About naphtha and PONA
  • About octane and RVP
  • About hydrogen
  • Volume gain and loss
  • Refinery BFD review: how reforming fits in
  • Unit economics review
  • Product specifications and properties

Process Chemistry

  • Aromatics formation
  • Isomerization
  • Hydrocracking
  • Heat effects
  • Dual functional catalysts
  • Coke formation

Process Fundamentals and PSM

  • Reforming technologies
  • Important process variables
  • Five step flow diagram review
  • Hydrogen generation and purification
  • Operating conditions
  • Catalyst regeneration
  • Process safety issues

Process Equipment

  • Reactors and internals
  • Feed preheat exchangers
  • Furnaces
  • Debutanizers (stabilizers)
  • Compressors
  • Regeneration systems

Operations and Technical Service

  • Performance evaluations
  • Feed qualities and effects
  • Feed contaminates and effects
  • Reformate color
  • Catalyst performance
  • Hydrogen purity
  • Equipment performance aspects

Who should attend
The course has a practical, operational focus that is suitable for unit engineers, supervision and operators, both experienced and inexperienced.

Your Instructor

Barry RobinsonBarry Robinson is Sr. Staff Engineer with Middough Inc., a Midwest engineering and construction firm. He has over 37 years of experience in the petroleum refining industry in various technical and managerial positions. He has extensive experience in major capital project design and execution, as well as refinery operations, training, and turnaround execution.

He has a strong technical and operating background in fluid catalytic and thermal cracking processes, along with their associated feed preparation and product separation units. He has experience in hydrotreating/ catalytic reforming operations as well.

He holds a BSChE from The Ohio State University and MBA from Bowling Green.

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