TITLE: Liquid-Phase Methanol Process Development Unit: Installation, Operation, and Support Studies. Technical Progress Report No. 2, January 1-March 31, 1982.

AUTHOR: E. P. Holley;   J. Klosek;   I. C. Spector;   R. L. Mednick.

INST.  AUTHOR: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Allentown, PA.

SPONSOR: Chem Systems, Inc., Tarrytown, NY.*Department of Energy, Washington, DC.


PUB.  TYPE: Technical Report

PUB.  COUNTRY: United States

SOURCE: Department of Energy [DE],  20 Apr 82,  159p.


Approval was obtained for the unified design concept, advanced schedule for relocation of the LPM pilot plant, and advanced procurement of long lead delivery equipment items. The LaPorte LPMeOH PDU Process Flowsheet was developed further and the Engineering Flowsheet evolved to the Revision OA preliminary issue. Eight cases of point-by-point heat and mass balances were released. Process equipment specifications were issued for 30 of the 32 equipment items. Mechanical specifications were issued for 16 equipment items. Quotations were received for the 2 long lead delivery items, the Feed/Recycle engineeeringompressor and the Slurry Circulation Pumps, technical evaluations of these bids are underway. Semi-final equipment arrangement and plot plan drawings were prepared. The Preliminary Hazards Review was conducted and the subsequent Design Hazards Review was initiated. Progress was made on the specification of the Data Acquisition System. APCI established the priority for compositions of new methanol powder catalysts to be prepared. Construction of the APCI Gas Phase Screening Reactor and Stirred Autoclave Reactor continued on schedule. Progress was made in evaluating the potential modification of the Deckwer liquid phase Fisher-Tropsch model to describe LPMeOH performance. In the CSI laboratories, a 550-hour liquid-fluidized run was completed successfully in the Lab PDU. Preliminary results indicate that the new catalyst tested is more attrition resistant than any prior liquid-fluidized catalyst candidate. Testing of in-situ catalyst reduction procedures continued in the Stirred Autoclave Reactor with successful results which led CSI to file a Record of Invention form for a potential invention covering this process. Specifications and quotations for major equipment items in the CSI liquid-entrained PDU were completed and received. (ERA citation 07:042055)