Conditions for maintaining good fluidization in the start-up of FCC have been determined. Catalyst defluidization and consequent catalyst losses from reactor cyclone are mainly affected by catalyst properties and stripper operating condition based on previous commercial startup experiences. Effect of fine catalyst contents on bed fluidity was determined. Bed fluidity in stripper was analyzed with slip velocity. Finally new startup guide was proposed and it was successfully applied to commercial FCC process of SK energy, Korea.
Sung Won Kim; Gyung Rok Kim, Jae Wook Shin; Ik Sang Yoo; Hun Sik Kang; and Sang Hoon Park, "FLUIDIZATION TECHNOLOGY FOR STABLE STARTUP OF COMMERCIAL FCC UNIT" in "The 13th International Conference on Fluidization - New Paradigm in Fluidization Engineering", Eds, ECI Symposium Series, Volume RP6 (2010). http://dc.engconfintl.org/fluidization_xiii/103