Houston-Based Valve Designer, Engineering Firm Depend On ANSYS to Verify Design
One of the most important operations in hydrocarbon refining is a process known as fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC). A special type of slide valve controls the catalyst flows. Typically, these valves are installed in refractory lined piping approximately five feet in diameter and weigh 20,000 pounds. Operating temperatures inside the valve range from 900 to 1,400 F. Occasionally, temperatures go as high as 1,800 F for brief periods, called excursions, or short term upset conditions.
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