Kinetic EIT is best method for determining catalyst bed temperatures

Click here to enlarge imageDetermining the average catalyst-bed temperature by applying an Arrhenius-type rate equation gives a closer to isothermal temperature than other methods.The engineer must apply an appropriate activation energy for each reactor-thermocouple readout.After reviewing various methods of representing the average reactor temperatures of hydrotreating units, Syncrude Canada Ltd.'s Edmonton Research Centre and Fort McMurray Operations found that this kinetically determined EIT (equivalent isothermal temperature) is the best method for expressing commercial reactor temperatures.Syncrude applied the newly developed kinetic EIT approach to commercial plant data and co...

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