Sulfuric Alkylation Fundamentals

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Alkylation has long been a key refining process for the production of high-octane motor gasoline. It has been valuable as a method for upgrading light olefins produced by refinery FCC and coking processes. High levels of performance coupled with maximum reliability are necessary to assure the same for the important cracking units. This course covers all aspects of this process, including overviews, process flows and chemistry, catalysts, equipment, and proper operation. The class has a practical, operational focus that is suitable for unit engineers, supervision and operators, both experienced and inexperienced

What you will learn

  • Why alkylation?
  • History of the process
  • About C3’s and C4’s
  • About octane and RVP
  • Volume gain and loss
  • Refinery BFD review:
    how alkylation fits in
  • Unit economics review
  • Product specifications and properties
  • Process Chemistry
  • Basic alkylations
  • Isomerization
  • Byproduct formations
  • Heat effects
  • Acids as catalysts
  • Process Fundamentals and PSM
  • Alkylation technologies
  • Important process variables
  • Five step flow diagram review
  • Acid consumption
  • Refrigeration review
  • Operating conditions for the
  • Process safety issues
  • Process Equipment
  • Contactors
  • Deisobutanizers and debutanizers
  • Acid recovery and purity
  • Neutralization systems
  • Compressors
  • Refrigeration systems
  • Operations and Technical Service
  • Performance evaluations
  • Feed qualities and effects
  • Feed contaminant 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.

Understanding of refinery processes. Previous familiarity for alkylation operations or process is helpful.

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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