I D
× COMMENTARYCOVER STORYIN THE NEWSNEWSFRONTSCHEMENTATOR + Show More BUSINESS NEWSTECHNICAL & PRACTICALFEATURE REPORTFACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPSTECHNOLOGY PROFILEEQUIPMENT & SERVICESFOCUSNEW PRODUCTS + Show More

Comment

Testing the limits of cryogenic distillation

By Mary Page Bailey |

CSIRO (Perth, Australia; www.csiro.au) and the University of Western Australia (www.uwa.edu.au) have developed a first-of-its-kind pilot plant for high-pressure cryogenic distillation processes. “Although cryogenic distillation is practiced in industry and there are some models that can be applied to cryogenic distillation, some gaps remain when it comes to high pressures. The facility will help to fill these gaps and better understand the fundamentals of distillation in temperature and pressure regions not previously explored,” explains Nick Burke, CSIRO research scientist. The plant can operate at temperatures as low as –70°C and at pressures as high as 50 bars, with modifications enabling operation up to 100 bars. A reflux condenser fabricated by CSIRO will allow operation at even lower temperatures. Views of the cryogenic distillation apparatus Source: CSIRO[/caption] Currently, the pilot plant’s work is aimed at processes for removing heavier hydrocarbons from natural gas prior to transformation to liquefied natural gas (LNG). “We can test different column internals and can operate under conditions that would not be considered in commercial facilities. In other words, we can push the limits of cryogenic distillation…
Related Content

ABB

The Big 6 level measurement technologies: Where to use them and why

WHITE PAPER — The Big 6 level measurement technologies: Where to use them and why Anyone who’s ever worn a tool belt knows that sometimes you have to use a tool for something it’s not designed to do. If you don’t happen to have a hammer, a heavy…

Chemical Engineering publishes FREE eletters that bring our original content to our readers in an easily accessible email format about once a week.
Subscribe Now
Securing the availability of chemical processes through a long-term partnership
Metering gas in biogas plants
The Big 6 level measurement technologies: Where to use them and why
Minimizing particle breakage and mother liquor residue in technical salts production
Expectations are shifting: How measurement solutions can help overcome chemical industry challenges

View More