Innovation to Fuel Profitability

Metrohm USA at Gulf Coast Conference 2016

Booth #308

Technical Program:

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TALK: New Acidity Method for Improved Acid Number in Crude and Petroleum Products

October 11th at 10:00 am in the Exhibit Hall

Acid Number (AN) is an important quality control parameter for crude oil and petroleum products. The accuracy of the AN influences the commercial value of crude oil and the profitability of a refinery. Petroleum refining and transportation infrastructure is also impacted by the accuracy of AN measurements as these acidic compounds lead to corrosion. The commercial and corrosion impact of the AN make it central to quality control laboratories throughout the industry. In this talk, hear about the development of a new ASTM standard for the improved analysis of AN in crude and petroleum products.

TALK: Blend monitoring with Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

October 11th at 9:30 am in room 370F

Improve profitability and analytical robustness of blending processes for fuels, biofuels, solvents and polymers utilizing near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR). NIR is a versatile analytical technique used for rapid, nondestructive analyses to achieve tight control on chemical/physical parameters. NIR is suitable for most sample types and detects numerous parameters in a single measurement in less than a minute. NIR offers flexibility in applying either offline determinations in the laboratory or under harsh process environments with online and inline monitoring. Learn more about utilizing NIR for monitoring multiple gasoline properties and precise control on hydrocarbon blending.

TALK: New Techniques for Measuring Organic Halides in Crude Using Combustion IC

October 11th at 9:00 am in room 370F

Corrosion continues to be of great importance to the petroleum refining industry due to its impact on profitability and safety. Organic halides are a key source of this corrosion in refineries, pipelines, and machinery. Many techniques exist for measuring chloride or total halides; however, detection of the individual halides, including fluoride and chloride that are of particular interest, remains a challenge. A collaborative project with industry partners in ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants is underway to develop a revised method for the determination of organic chloride content in crude oil using Combustion Ion Chromatography detection. This presentation will discuss this new method and the data collected from an inter-laboratory study associated with its development. Application of this technique to simultaneous measurement of fluoride and chloride in a single run will also be discussed.

TALK: Ion Chromatographic Selectivity of Alkaline Earth Metals, and Amines on a Silica-Based Cation Exchanger

October 11th at 10:30 am in room 370F

Amines are primarily used for scrubbing of acid gases during refining processes. Ion chromatography is a helpful technique that is increasingly utilized for the analysis of alkaline earth metals and amines in petrochemical laboratories.
Various amines used for these applications may coelute with other common cations. Gradient elution may be used to overcome these differences in selectivity, however, this can increase the complexity of the analysis due to the additional equipment required and can lengthen re-equilibration times required by this type of system. This presentation will highlight a simple isocratic approach to the separation of alkali, alkaline earth metals and commonly used amines in petrochemical refineries with non-suppressed detection.

WORKSHOP: Karl Fischer Analysis for All Samples Types: Solids, Liquids and Gases

October 11th at 1:00 pm in room 370F

No matter which industry you work in, Karl Fischer (KF) analysis can be performed on any sample type to determine moisture content. KF analysis can pose many challenges, so understanding and minimizing side reactions, pH control and sample preparation will help you develop methods for fast, accurate and reliable analysis. This course exposes the attendee to the challenges of KF method development and provides case study examples from petrochemical, polymer and quality control labs. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of KF reagents, sample preparation techniques, applications and instrumentation for all sample types.


October 11th & 12th in the Exhibit Hall

Tight deadlines, high sample throughput, strict safety and quality standards – this is life in the analytical laboratory.  OMNIS is the new titration platform from Metrohm that makes titration safer, faster and easier than ever.  By intuitive automation of 4 simultaneous analyses, sample throughput is increased by 60% and new, contact-free reagent exchange makes changing reagents safe and hassle free.  The first ever truly modular titration platform is designed to grow with the needs of your laboratory through expandable configurations that adjust to your laboratory demands.

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: 875 Karl Fischer Gas Analyzer

October 11th & 12th in the Exhibit Hall

Karl Fischer technology can be used to measure absolute water content in liquefied gas. The 875 KF Gas Analyzer uses mass-flow technology to quantitatively sample liquid or gas phases in compressed LPGs and perform low-level Karl Fischer titration analysis. Accurate and repeatable moisture detection as low as 5ppm in samples like propane, butane, ethylene, and butene ensures a product that is safe for transport or optimal for use in high-quality chemical and polymer production.