A Simpler, Cost-Effective Method for Ethane Cracking

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2019-AGRA-68562
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a novel process to produce olefins via thermal cracking of paraffins. Whereas current cracking processes use steam as a diluent in the feed mixture, this technology uses methane as a diluent. With the implementation of methane as a diluent, the complex and expensive steps for steam generation associated with current steam crackers is eliminated, allowing for potential cost savings. Furthermore, this technology allows for the adjustment of partial pressure of alkanes in the dehydrogenation reactor to yield higher conversions.

Advantages:
-Cost savings
-Simpler process

Potential Applications:
-Thermal cracking of paraffins
Mar 29, 2019
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