Crystaphase Pathways Spring 2017

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Greenspoint Place Conference Center

12190 Greenspoint Dr

Houston, Texas 77060

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Preparing your feed for conversion:

Filtration, adsorption, and fluid kinetics in fixed-bed processes

A two-day program to share tools and concepts to help refiners deal with factors outside the catalyst and chemistry of fixed-bed operations

More information at http://crystaphasepathways.com/

There are particles, poisons, and rivulets which negatively impact refinery operations. This collection of courses is meant to deepen understanding of the phenomena which govern these impediments and explore techniques and tactics to prepare feedstocks for improved operating performance.

The program will focus on properties and behaviors of feedstock that determine reactor performance, independent of conversion. Attendees who complete this course will be better able to evaluate loading recommendations and to approach design from a perspective of space efficiency and feedstock conditioning.

Learning objectives

Each of three sections examines an aspect of reactor performance and equips the attendee with specific concepts to apply in the analysis and design of fixed-bed fluid processes. Understanding the variables under an engineer’s control and knowing how to use that understanding to overcome real-world optimization challenges are the parallel objectives of the course.

Section one: Hydroprocessing Physics

Mass transfer in fixed bed reactors, rivulet flow abatement, and practical tactics in loading design.

Section two: Poison Control

Adsorbent kinetics, balancing reactor volumes with poison control, and material selection for poison control optimization.

Section three: Particle Control

Particle characterization, filtration dynamics, void space efficiency, and comprehensive feedstock conditioning.

Methods of instruction

The success of the course will depend on class participation. Instructors will use visual materials and in-class demonstrations in conjunction with a workbook provided to each attendee. Using computers and software also provided, teams will collaborate on practical applications of the concepts covered in the course. Each section will end with a capstone project that incorporates the material covered in the preceding sections together with the industry knowledge and experience contributed by the attendees themselves.

Who should attend

The course is appropriate for refinery employees at all levels of experience. Those who excel will enjoy using empirical methods and state-of-the-art technologies to solve problems in the domain of particle control, poison control, and fluid dynamics. Because Crystaphase believes there is always something to learn from one another, the organizers encourage experienced company mentors to attend alongside their apprentices to help augment and encourage engaged learning.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • Hydroprocessing Physics
  • Poison Control

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Particle Control

Course FAQs

Will this qualify for continuing education credit?

In most, if not all cases, yes. Check with your professional organization for specific requirements. We will provide a certificate of completion showing that you attended and indicating the number of hours of the course.

What should I bring?

We will provide materials required to complete the course. We will also make available computers and software for performing exercises and completing final projects. Consider bringing something appropriate for taking notes. We will also have Wi-fi for you to use during the day.

General FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from class?

The conference center is a two-minute, covered walk from the hotel, so those who stay at the Hilton will not need separate transportation to the classrooms. Both the hotel and the conference center provide ample parking.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Reach us by phone at 832-742-6760, or by email at pathways@crystaphase.com.

What's the refund policy?

If you will not be able to attend, we can issue a refund for a limited time prior to the event. We can also transfer your registration to a colleague, however. Contact us for further details.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Your ticket serves as your registration confirmation. Bring it with you to check in Tuesday morning.

Can I update my registration information?

Certainly! Simply return to the event page here and log in to update your registration details. Note that you can transfer your registration to a colleague. Contact us for details on doing that.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Sure is! Contact us and we will be happy to help.

Is it okay if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

We would prefer to know your name as you would like it to appear on your name tag and your certificate of completion.

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Houston, Texas 77060

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