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Refining and Petrochemical

Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) is the most important and widely used refinery process for converting low value, heavy oil into more valuable gasoline, olefins (ethylene, propylene, etc.), and other products. A typical FCC Unit (FCCU) is comprised of multiple fluidized beds or Circulating Fluidized Beds (CFBs), which transport spent and regenerated catalyst between two principal components: the reactor and the regenerator.  Additionally, fluidized beds are used to produce other products and chemicals downstream of the FCCU, such as polyethylene, polypropylene, and acrylonitrile, to name a few.

Barracuda Virtual Reactor is being used to optimize the design and operation of fluidized processes including reactors, regenerators, and other FCCU components. Barracuda Virtual Reactor has enabled customers to increase the reliability and performance within their processing units while minimizing the risk of unintended consequences of proposed changes.  Our software and services are used to address problems with emissions, catalyst circulation, erosion, afterburn, and catalyst losses by simulating the transient, 3D, gas-catalyst hydrodynamics, thermal behavior, and reaction kinetics to capture diverse phenomena such as mixing / backmixing, maldistribution, residence time concerns, coke deposition and combustion, particle size distribution effects, and cyclone performance issues.

To see Barracuda VR applied to FCC applications, please visit our FCC Resources page

If you would like to discuss a specific issue or problem that you are experiencing, please contact us.