Compressor-recycle valve design meets severe noise and operating specs

01/26/1998
Paul A. Smirl, Herbert L. Miller CCI Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Helmut H. Dietz Chevron U.S.A. Products Co. El Segundo, Calif. Chevron's El Segundo's alkylation unit is one of the largest in the world with a capacity of 26,500 b/d. The new 16 in. x 24 in. compressor recycle valve, located 40 ft above the ground, is on the bypass of a 15,000 hp refrigeration compressor. The design of the new compressor recycle valve at the Chevron El Segundo refinery's alkylation unit took into account four main considerations: noise, fugitive emissions, rapid stroking, and fire protection. CCI, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., designed...
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