Article first published online: 21 FEB 2011
Copyright © 1958 Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering
The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Volume 36, Issue 6, pages 267–270, December 1958
How to Cite
Emms, N. J. (1958), Catalytic reforming. Can. J. Chem. Eng., 36: 267–270. doi: 10.1002/cjce.5450360608
- Issue published online: 21 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 21 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Received: 4 SEP 1958
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This paper describes the Catalytic Reforming Process for upgrading naphtha feedstocks to high octanes using a regenerable platinum catalyst. Particular reference is made to the Powerforming Process developed by Esso Research and Engineering Company and in use by Imperial Oil Limited.
The various types of fixed bed units are described and a simplified flow plan of a typical Powerforming Unit is illustrated. The general operation of the unit is discussed as well as the primary reactions involved in catalytic reforming. Operating conditions are listed and some product yields and quality are shown in a table for various feedstocks.
Regeneration is required to reactivate the catalyst by burning off carbon and sulphur compounds laid down during the oil cycle. A general description of how this is carried out on a unit containing a swing reactor is outlined.