High performance separation system for hydrotreating industry
The key to optimizing a hydroprocessing unit is to maximize the life of the catalyst bed and increase energy efficiency of the furnaces. Our goal is to eliminate fouling of the catalyst bed by particles and aqueous fluids and the dissolved components within them as well as fouling of hydrogen recovery membranes and furnace-burner tips.
In working with many refineries to optimize their hydroprocessing systems, Pentair Porous Media found several areas which were detrimental to effective optimization of the system:
- Fouling of catalyst bed by particles
- Fouling of catalyst bed by aqueous fluids and the dissolved components within them
- Fouling of hydrogen recovery membranes
- Fouling of furnace burner-tips
UltiSep sets a new standard in high-performance gas/liquid separation. UltiSep utilizes Pentair Porous Media’s proprietary microfiber media technology and patented APEX element design. These technologies are applied for high efficiency bulk liquid and aerosol removal from process streams. APEX technology affords the user an unprecedented ability to reduce liquid carryover and pressure drop while providing smaller footprints and lower capital costs. UltiSep housing configurations are designed via the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and other proprietary computer models that ensure accurate and complimentary design in conjunction with APEX. The implementation of these technologies offers the ideal business model for value added and optimized systems.
UltiSep offers the ability to maximize operational profitability by minimizing entrained liquids in process gas streams. Eliminating liquid and solid carry-over minimizes process upsets and the corresponding issues associated with them, such as; product loss, fluid make-up, off-spec products, contamination in feed streams entering processes, emulsions, foaming, fouling, corrosion and mechanical wear.
UltiSep allows the removal of liquids ranging from bulk fluids to entrained droplets as small as a viral particle, improving operational efficiency and profitability.
LIQUISEP technology was developed to address the inherent deficiencies of conventional coalescers, making it possible to remove essentially all immiscible water dispersions from hydrocarbon process streams. The LIQUISEP technology overcomes the limitations of conventional separators, vane pack coalescers, wire mesh coalescers and even “high efficiency” mesh pads and filter separators, achieving superior separations under demanding conditions.
LIQUISEP technology makes use of proprietary LIQUIFORM™ media and our patented APEX element design to intercept entrained droplets of even sub-micron geometries and effectively remove them from the process. The high surface energy LIQUIFORM media effectively disrupts the stabilized water droplets, allowing for efficient capture. Additionally, the fiber geometries are specifically designed to promote accumulation and removal of free water from the process stream. The APEX element design works in concert with the media technology promoting uniform fluid flow, while minimizing the potential for turbulence and high fluid velocities which might interfere with water removal from the process stream.
LIQUISEP technology protects critical assets from water contamination and the salts, acids and bases which it may contain. Application of the LIQUISEP technology allows optimized performance of downstream treaters, salt beds, exchangers and reactors while assuring the elimination of haze from finished products.