Authors: Peter Blaser a, John Pendergrass a, John Gabites b, Angus Brooke b
a CPFD Software
b Viva Energy Australia
Source: This paper was first printed in the September 2018 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing
Description: This article, originally published in the September 2018 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, presents a case study from the Geelong Refinery in Australia. Simulations using Barracuda Virtual Reactor were used to determine the root cause of dynamic flue gas line temperature spikes which caused the refiner to ultimately reduce rates by almost 10% for certain feedstocks, impacting overall refinery economics by tens of thousands of dollars per day. Learn how simulation was used to minimize turnaround risk through virtual testing of intended hardware changes, and how the challenge of afterburn was addressed at the Geelong refinery.