RESEARCH PAPERS: Additional Technical Papers

Oxygen Facilities for Synthetic Fuel Projects

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W. J. Scharle

Operations and Engineering, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Allentown, Pa.

K. Wilson

Process Engineering - Air Separation, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Allentown, Pa.

J. Eng. Ind 103(4), 409-417 (Nov 01, 1981) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3184505 History: Received March 30, 1981; Online July 30, 2009


Synthetic fuel projects will require very large oxygen facilities. This paper examines the issues that must be resolved in the design of these facilities. It surveys the major items of equipment, and proposes criteria for train-size selection. Data on energy efficiency and capital investment are presented, as functions of train size. Field construction problems, shipping constraints, and equipment availability are considered. Compression alternatives for high pressure oxygen, system reliability, and process computer control are discussed in detail. The paper concludes that only a modest extrapolation of present experience will be required to build these massive facilities.

Copyright © 1981 by ASME
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