• 2016 CAT Cracker Seminar

    Tuesday, August 23 - Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    Royal Sonesta Hotel
    2222 West Loop South
    Houston, TX 77027

    Schedule of Sessions and Special Events


    Tuesday August 23, 2016

    08:00 am - 06:00 pm Registration - Legends Ballroom Prefunction

    09:00 am - 10:30 am General Session -
    Keynote: Navigating the Shift in FCC Demand and Utilization, Mel Larson, KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.

    10:30 am - 11:00 am General Session -
    Introduction to AFPM Event Sharing and Safety Portal
    Steve Mason, LyondellBasell

    11:00 am - 12:30 pm Lunch and Tabletop Exhibition - Legends Ballroom -

    12:30 pm - 02:30 pm Q&A Session: Panel I Process -
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    02:45 pm - 04:30 pm Q&A Session: Panel II - Mechanical -
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    04:30 pm - 06:00 pm Reception and Tabletop Exhibition - Legends Ballroom


    Wednesday August 24, 2016

    07:30 am - 02:00 pm Registration - Legends Ballroom Prefunction

    08:00 am - 08:50 am Concurrent Sessions -

    Track 1 - Technology Developments & Trends
    Computational Fluid Dynamic Modeling Improves FCC Technology and Profitability
    Azita Ahmadzadeh, Michael Sandacz, & Richard Johnson, UOP LLC - A Honeywell Company

    Track 2 - Process/Operations
    Novel Method of Increasing Refinery Profitability During CFHT Outages
    Bruce Lam, Shell Martinez Refining Co. and Todd Hochheiser, Johnson Matthey Process Technologies

    Track 3 - Equipment Availability & Utilization
    Upgrading FCC Cyclones for Enhanced Reliability
    Anthony Schmitz, EMTROL-BUELL Technologies

    Track 4 - Cat Cracking Essentials
    Significance of Delta Coke in FCC Unit and Its Relevance to Heat Balance and Performance
    Justin Breckenridge, CB&I

    08:50 am - 09:00 am Break - Legends Ballroom Prefunction

    09:00 am - 09:50 am Concurrent Sessions -

    Track 1 - Technology Developments & Trends
    FCCU Process Optimization with High-Performance Temperature Instrumentation
    Taylor Fama & Kevin Kirksmith, Daily Thermetrics

    Track 2 - Process/Operations
    Preserving Octane for a Tier 3 Gasoline Market
    Gary Cheng, Grace Catalysts Technologies

    Track 3 - Equipment Availability & Utilization
    Design for Safety and Reliability of Refractory-Lined Pipe Using FEA Analysis
    Ken Fewel, Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology

    Track 4 - Cat Cracking Essentials
    FCC Pressure Balance 101
    Mel Larson, KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.

    09:50 am - 10:00 am Break - Legends Ballroom Prefunction

    10:00 am - 10:50 pm Concurrent Sessions -

    Track 1 - Technology Developments & Trends
    Developing Feed Nozzle Technology from an Owner/Operator Perspective
    Kevin Kunz, Shell Global Solutions U.S.

    Track 2 - Process/Operations
    The Experience of a Team of Experts to Resolve Severe Regenerator Maldistribution
    Ray Fletcher, CPFD Software, LLC

    Track 3 - Equipment Availability & Utilization
    Expansion Joint Essentials in an FCCU
    Bonnie Blackburn, Senior Flexonics Pathway Inc.

    Track 4 - Cat Cracking Essentials
    Fluid Catalytic Cracking Chemistry 101
    Kent Turner, Grace Catalysts Technologies

    10:50 am - 11:00 am Break - Legends Ballroom Prefunction

    11:00 am - 11:50 am Concurrent Sessions -

    Track 1 - Technology Developments & Trends
    Multivariable Control on an FCC Unit
    Mark Spencer, Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA

    Track 2 - Process/Operations
    AFPM Safety Portal Workshop
    Richard Grove & Robert Montgomery, Chevron U.S.A. and Michael Wardinsky, Phillips 66

    Track 3 - Equipment Availability & Utilization
    Silicon Rapid Arc Welding: Flint Hills Resources® Corpus Christi, Texas FCCU TA Application
    David Jones, Flint Hills Resources and Nick Rudebusch, Industrial Specialist, LLC

    Track 4 - Cat Cracking Essentials
    Catalyst Architecture and Its Impact on Cracking Chemistry
    Melissa Clough, BASF Corporation

    11:50 am - 01:20 pm Lunch and Tabletop Exhibition

    01:20 pm - 02:10 pm Concurrent Sessions -

    Track 1 - Technology Developments & Trends
    Introduction to CRC-FCC
    Qunzhu Li, Luoyang Weida Petrochemical Engineering Co. Ldt

    Track 2 - Process/Operations
    Expediting Catalyst Withdrawal During Your FCC Turnaround
    Collin Leslie, USA Debusk LLC

    Track 3 - Equipment Availability & Utilization
    FCC Reactor Overhead Line Vapor Isolation Valve
    Antonio Ramos & Daniele Cecchelli, IMI Z&J

    Track 4 - Cat Cracking Essentials
    FCC Benchmarking Exploring Industry Trends and Creating Paths Forward
    Alexis Shackelford, BASF Corporation

    02:20 pm - 03:10 pm Concurrent Sessions -

    Track 1 - Technology Developments & Trends
    Co-Processing of Biomass-Derived Liquid to Produce Renewable Fuels in Your FCC Unit
    Chad Huovie, UOP LLC - A Honeywell Company

    Track 2 - Process/Operations
    Chemical Reaction Engineering (CRE) & Models
    UOP LLC - A Honeywell Company

    Track 3 - Equipment Availability & Utilization
    Slide Valve Discussion

    FCCU Slide Valve and Actuator Systems History, Purpose and Function
    Robert Stoddard, TapcoEnpro LLC
    &
    New Valve Design for Improved Reliability
    Daniele Cecchelli, IMI Z&J

    Track 4 - Cat Cracking Essentials
    Unit Health Check
    Dennis Kowalczyk, Grace Catalysts Technologies