From large petrochemical units to tiny pharmaceutical pilot plants, day-to-day operations depend upon providing compressed gases in a controlled, safe and environmentally conscious manner. Correct gas handling also can improve process efficiency.
Consider a variety of factors to select a unit that comes the closest. What steam traps lack in size, they make up for in numbers. In a typical steam plant, their numbers range from several hundred in a large steam plant to more than 20,000 in refinery or chemical complexes.
As users become more familiar with gas seal technology and its advantages, gas seals are being applied to a wider variety of applications and equipment than ever before. As the seals gain in popularity know their advantages and disadvantages.
When processes change and plants need to install any of several types of ultra-high-purity process gases, specifying an appropriate piping system is crucial. Learn about a sound system design that maximizes efficiency, purity and safety.
The first plant to go from biomass to syngas to biodiesel is slated for 2007 startup. Once started up early next year, the unit will feed in 75,000 mt/yr of wood chips and straw to make so-called SunDiesel.
Removing water or moisture from a liquid stream is a critical operation in many processes. Liquid stream dryers commonly contain either molecular sieves or adsorbents; during the last 20 years, the use of molecular sieves has become much more common.
Author: Andrew Sloley, contributing editor, and Richard Readshaw, senior staff process engineer for VECO USA Inc.
Electric motors in continuous or near-continuous service have high energy costs, even at the relatively low electric rates common in much of the chemical industry. Don't squander savings opportunities when considering motor replacement