My colleagues and are hosting a free Chemical and Crystallization R&D Event at the Westin O’Hare Hotel on Thursday, May 23. The event is aimed towards scientists and researchers working in chemical and crystallization R&D and scale-up. We have six excellent speakers from industry and academia presenting at this event: Continue reading
I attended the Petrophase XIII International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling held from June 10 – 14, 2012 in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Continue reading
Last month, I attended the 11th International Petrophase Conference in New Jersey, USA. Topics discussed at the 11th International Petrophase Conference included petroleum phase behavior, the formation and mitigation of organic solid phases, emulsions and colloids, desalting, and the structure and composition of heavy oils, asphaltenes, and trace contaminants. After speaking with several other delegates, I was reminded that there are few process analytical instruments that could measure droplets or particles within crude oil or at elevated pressure field installations. Continue reading
Normally, hydrocarbon pipeline flow is a complex multi-phase system comprised of bubbles, droplets, and particles including asphaltenes, waxes, gas hydrates, emulsions, and inorganic particles. To control separations, flow, and process efficiency analytical measurements are often applied by petroleum engineers and chemists. Yet extreme temperature and pressure conditions make offline sampling and analysis difficult and time consuming. Offline measurements can also alter or destroy multiphase components and cannot be applied to make real-time process optimization and control decisions. Continue reading
A successful process based on roller compaction followed by milling should produce a granule with consistent particle size distribution, density, and porosity control. Inconsistencies often occur during granulation scale-up due to changing raw materials or changing process dynamics.