Title: Catalyst Testing in a Continuously Operated Fluid Catalytic Cracking Pilot Plant
Authors: Büchele, Marco 
Lutz, Helene 
Knaus, Florian 
Reichhold, Alexander 
Keywords: Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC); Catalyst testing; Refinery technology; Gasoline; olefins
Issue Date: Dec-2020
Book Title: Proceedings of the 16th Minisymposium Verfahrenstechnik and 7th Partikelforum (TU Wien, Sept. 21/22, 2020) 
A cost-effective and risk-minimizing way to test out new plant configurations for refinery operators is the pretesting of catalysts and temperature changes in pilot plants, which are essential since refineries have to be adapted to climate change regulations in the upcoming decades. In this work, a fluid catalytic cracking pilot plant was used to test out three different catalysts at two different riser temperatures each. It was shown that all tests were conducted without any hardware changes beside the catalysts and that the obtained results corresponded to the advertised benefits of each catalyst according to the manufacturer. While the heavy residue catalyst produced more gasoline making it interesting for a fuel-focused refinery, the two gas boosting catalysts promoted different compounds of the gaseous products. These gaseous products can then be used for synthesizing polymers and other high-value products.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12708/16631
DOI: 10.34726/561
Organisation: E166-02-2 - Forschungsgruppe Fluiddynamische Simulation (CFD) 
E166-03-3 - Forschungsgruppe Wirbelschichtsysteme und Raffinerietechnik 
License: CC BY 4.0 CC BY 4.0
Publication Type: Inproceedings
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