Scale-up strategy applied to solid-acid alkylation process

Mitrajit Mukherjee, James Nehlsen, Sankaran Sundaresan, G. Dan Sucui, John Dixon

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Recently, a new isoparaffin alkylation process using a solid-acid catalyst has been scaled up and proven in a pilot plant using an improved strategy. Two components; a solid-acid catalyst and a simple fixed-bed reactor are the key factors to this new process. Catalyst performance and stability were demonstrated on a pilot-scale reactor that closely matched the commercial reactor design. Tests showed that product quality and catalyst lifetime is identical in the bench scale and pilot-scale reactors when operated at the same temperature, feed composition and olefin space velocity. Using this scale-up strategy and a fully integrated catalyst development technique resulted in a high product octane rating, simple process operation, and efficient and inexpensive process and reactor schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Specialist publicationOil and Gas Journal
StatePublished - Jul 10 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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