Course Content – Fluid Catalytic Cracking Process Technology

Course Content – Fluid Catalytic Cracking Process Technology



The fluid catalytic cracking process is a very complex and demanding one. This program, “Fluid Catalytic Cracking Process Technology,” has been developed by Refining Process Services to provide an in-depth yet practical review of current FCC technology. The speakers will cover topics ranging from the basic process principles through items of current interest such as diesel fuel maximization and methods of meeting fuel specifications. The interactions between process variables such as feedstock quality, reaction conditions, and environmental constraints will be discussed. A thorough understanding of these principles is required to optimize the performance of the fluid catalytic cracking unit.

Program participants will have the opportunity to obtain a broad working knowledge of the fluid catalytic cracking process, to stay abreast of the constantly changing technology, and to interact with others currently working in this field. Participants are invited to submit questions for discussion during the program.

FCC Fundamentals
  • FCC Flow Scheme
  • Pressure Balance
  • Process Fundamentals
FCC Chemistry and Heat Balance
  • Basic Cracking Reactions
  • Heat Balance
  • How to Get Accurate Test Run Data
FCC Variable Effects
  • Operating Variable Interactions
  • Feedstock Effects in FCC
  • Methods of Increasing LCO Yields
  • NOx / SOx Emissions and Reduction
Process Equipment Overview
  • FCCU Configurations
  • Resid Cracking Processes
  • Hardware Modifications
  • Riser/Reactor/Fractionator Design Principles
  • Recovery Side Operating Guidelines
  • Reactor/Regenerator Troubleshooting
  • Cyclone Operation
  • Air Blower Operation
Cracking of Heavy Feedstocks and Resids
  • Characterization of Heavy Feeds and Resids
  • Effect of Heavy Oil Cracking on Product Yield and Product Quality
  • Effect of Carbon and Metals
  • Metals Passivation in FCC
Fluidization Fundamentals for FCC
  • Basics of FCC Fluidization
  • Flow in Standpipes
FCC Catalyst Technology
  • Zeolite Cracking Catalysts
  • Catalyst Composition and Selectivity Effects
FCC Catalyst Evaluation
  • Analytical Characterization
  • Performance Testing
  • Impact of Properties on FCCU Operation
Advances In FCC Technology
  • New Feed Nozzle Designs
  • Advanced Riser Termination Devices
  • Improved Stripper Technologies
Who Should Attend:

This program is ideal for personnel involved in refinery process engineering, unit operations, catalyst sales, technical service and catalyst/process research and development. Process engineers from design and construction companies as well as those who provide services to the petroleum refining industry should also find this program beneficial.

Warren S. Letzsch
Warren S. Letzsch is an independent consultant with an extensive FCC background. His prior employment was with Stone & Webster, Inc., a Shaw Group Company, where he was responsible for FCC/DCC technology and business development and with Refining Process Services where he was involved in licensing of the MagnaCat® Process. He was also Director of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for UOP/Katalistiks. He has had experience with Total Petroleum as Manager of Refining Technology and with Davison Chemical and Shell Chemical in research, marketing, and technical support of petroleum catalysts. Warren has authored numerous articles on refining technology and holds seven patents in the FCC area. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Alan R. English
Alan R. English is an independent consultant, has extensive experience in the petroleum refining industry. During his 40 plus year career, he helped dozens of refineries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East optimize their performance. He was employed at KBC Advanced Technologies, Sunoco, Chevron and Gulf Oil. Al led the development and commercialization of the use of tin for vanadium passivation and bismuth for nickel passivation. He has authored or co-authored 13 publications and twice served on the NPRA (now AFPM) Q & A Panel. He holds three US patents. Al has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and an Executive Masters degree in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.

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Schedule Date Time PDH Venue/Platform Cost Register
Fall 2022 October 24 – 26, 2022 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
24 hrs. Hyatt Place Houston-Northwest / Cy-Fair
Accepts in-person and virtual attendees
Spring 2023 March 20 – 22, 2023 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
24 hrs. Hyatt Place Houston-Northwest / Cy-Fair
Accepts in-person and virtual attendees
Fall 2023 October 23 – 25, 2023 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
24 hrs. Hyatt Place Houston-Northwest / Cy-Fair
Accepts in-person and virtual attendees

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