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
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New Valve Design for Improved Reliability
Daniele Cecchelli, IMI Z&J

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