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Modelling Ensures a Successful Revamp

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aRaj Singh, aPaul Marchant, aSteve Shimoda,bMarc A. Secretan

aTechnipFMC Process Technology; bSuncor Energy

This article discusses an FCC regenerator revamp by TechnipFMC at the Suncor Edmonton refinery, aimed to incorporate advanced design features to mitigate operational challenges and improve the mechanical reliability of the internals. This article describes how CPFD Software's proprietary software, Barracuda Virtual Reactor, was used to confirm the adequacy of the proposed hardware changes, fine-tune the design, and evaluate the performance to minimise risks on start-up. Post-turnaround performance of the unit confirms the benefit of the implemented design.