Coker Process, Design, and Troubleshooting

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This two-day course delves deeper into the delayed coker from a process, design, and troubleshooting perspective.

Because the participants are anticipated to have some experience working in a plant, the focus will be on exploring the nuances of various design choices from a process or equipment perspective. The course will explore the pro’s and con’s of a variety of solutions to common problems. Similarly, the troubleshooting will review typical scenarios and solutions that are encountered by operating DCUs.

You Will Learn

  • Common design considerations and comparison of various technology platforms
  • Equipment failure modes and common reliability issues
  • Process control strategies for optimization
  • Heater fouling mechanisms and mitigation strategies
  • Cracking reactions and feed property considerations
  • Coke morphology causes and effects
  • Review of major safety incidents over the past 20 years

The curriculum will be interactive based on group exercises and questions or concerns posed by the participants. Come prepared to get some options to consider for your plant. All of the experiences are based on real world examples from plants around the world with varying configurations or equipment types.

Who Should Attend

Refinery staff experienced (1+ years) in delayed coking. This includes operators, engineers, inspectors, or maintenance staff.

Experienced chemical or mechanical engineers who are assigned to support a DCU.

Experienced operators who want to learn more about the details of the equipment design and improve their troubleshooting skills.

Vendor staff who want to understand how their equipment and possibility their competitor’s equipment is designed and utilized in the field.

Project staff working on design projects. Learn more about common issues and develop solutions for your clients before the equipment is operated.


Recommended for those with previous experience in design, process, operations or maintenance of delayed cokers.


Evan HydeEvan Hyde is the Director of Field Operations for Inc. Formerly he was president of Telaxe, a coker consulting firm. He previously was president of C2 Nano Technology where they researched surface treatments to combat fouling and corrosion issues in cokers and other petrochemical process units. He was a Senior Engineering Advisor for Becht Engineering Co., Inc. New Jersey. He has consulted on processing improvement and reliability initiatives for delayed coking clients around the world. He also participated in onsite peer assessments of Coker Units at eight refineries which included improvements in maintenance work practices, process enhancements, and turnaround scope optimization. Prior to joining Becht, Evan worked for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, as a process engineer, with assignments in research, and troubleshooting for heavy oil upgrading equipment. He holds a B.S. of Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
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