Authors: Peter Blaser a, Scott Thibault a, Jeffrey Sexton b
a CPFD Software, USA
b Marathon Petroleum Company LP, USA
Source: The 14th International Conference on Fluidization – From Fundamentals to Products, May 26-31, 2013
Description: Modifications to the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) reactor internals at Marathon Petroleum Company’s (MPC’s) Catlettsburg Refining facility were planned to mitigate severe erosion in the reactor cyclones. A computational model, specific for gas-particle flows, was created to calculate erosion patterns in the reactor cyclones and validated against historical erosion data at the refinery. The erosion characteristics of candidate redesigns were compared and contrasted with the validated model of the existing unit.