Unusual operating histories of gas processing and olefins plant columns

Authors

  • Henry Z. Kister,

    1. Santa Fe Braun Inc., Alhambra, California 91802
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    • Henry Z. Kister is a principal process engineer with Santa Fe Braun Inc., where he is involved in design, troubleshooting, control and startup of fractionation processes and equipment. Prior to joining Braun he was with Fractionation Research Inc., where he specialized in fractionator hydraulics, and with ICI Australia, where his duties included startup supervision, troubleshooting and design. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of NSW (Australia).

  • Tom C. Hower Jr.

    1. Santa Fe Braun Inc., Alhambra, California 91802
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    • Thomas C. Hower, Jr., is a supervising process engineer with Santa Fe Braun, Inc. and is responsible for the process design and equipment specification and selection for all offshore, marine terminal, and production projects. He is also responsible for the start-up and troubleshooting of these projects. Prior to joining Braun, he was with Trend Construction, C. E. Randall, Hudson Engineering, and Sun Oil Co. He is a professional engineer registered in Oklahoma and Texas, and received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.


Abstract

A description of several cases of columns that did not perform satisfactorily. The causes range from very complex; such as unique features of multicomponent distillation, to very simple, such as a mislocated control valve.

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