Pilot Plant

The department disposes of a pilot plant unit for the thermal cracking of hydrocarbons, next to a number of bench-scale units. These experimental set-ups are used to determine the kinetics of the cracking reactions and of coke deposition in both the radiant coil and the transfer line exchanger (TLE). Fouling inhibition in reactor and TLE is also studied. A wide variety of hydrocarbons, ranging from gaseous feeds to waxes, can be handled. Moreover, the flexible reactor design and the possibility of using different reactor diameters allow to obtain a broad range of process conditions.