Petrochemical industry is facing significant economic, environmental and societal challenges. Technology research, development and deployment will be crucial to meeting these challenges and capturing future market growth opportunities. With an ever-increasing focus on the development of products that generate revenues, the industry will need to find ways to enhance profitability and capital productivity. Long-term and strategic investments in R&D and new technologies can drive the industry towards higher levels of financial performance. An important element of this R&D is the development of enabling technologies that advance the application of fundamental chemical sciences throughout the industry’s process environment. Technologies to assist industrial computations may be considered “enabling” in this regard since they are used in nearly every aspect of chemical research, development, design and manufacture. Among these computational technologies, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has grown over the years as highly sophisticated integration of applied computer science, physics, chemistry, and engineering science put together to enable innovation throughout the process industry. In this presentation, we give examples of CFD being used to optimize and troubleshoot an important petrochemical processes, namely, fluid catalytic cracking deployed to produce fuel and chemical feedstock in the region of Abu Dhabi
The author will also introduce EPIC (Enabling Process Innovation through Computation) Consortium. The EPIC effort is led by Louisiana State University over the last five years to bring together researchers working on process intensification, innovation using advances in multiphase flow and reactor development. Participation in this consortium is welcome from researchers around the world. This symposium should help brining like-minded people to work together to identify common challenges and opportunities to advance the field of process innovation with the aid of advanced modelling, by removing empiricism as much as possible.
Chuxia Lin is the chair and Professor of School of Environment and Life Science, University of Salford, United Kingdom. He obtained his PhD in Environmental Science from The University of New South Wales in 1995 (thesis was submitted for examination in 1994). Before joining University of Salford. He held senior academic positions at University of Southern Queensland and South China Agricultural University. Earlier academic appointments were with Southern Cross University, The University of New South Wales and South China Normal University. He also worked as a professional environmental consultant with a global consulting company (Brisbane Office, Golder Associates) during the period from 2005 to 2009.