This paper presents a diagnostic module developed by IFP and tested off-line on a FCC (Fluid Catalytic Cracking) pilot plant. The method uses four successive complementary techniques. They enable to go step by step from the observations to a sentence in natural language describing the faults. First, a quantitative causal model is elaborated from a quantitative behavioural model...

Recent developments in synchrotron storage ring technology, insertion device design and X-ray optics provide polarized photon beams with unprecedented intensity and brilliance on a microscopic area. Various arrangements allow micrometer size hard X-ray beams with enough flux to undertake elemental mapping of trace elements then easily associated with micro-diffraction or micro...

In recent years, it has become increasingly evident that the problems related to soil and groundwater pollution are of major concern in industrial countries. The persistence of contamination in the environment and the toxicity of pollutants have led to important investigations and researches in this field. The competent authorities have set up regulations and methodologies to...

Cet article a pour objectif de présenter les caractéristiques de l'extraction en phase solide pour les analyses environnementales à partir de matrices ou d'extraits liquides. Les principes fondamentaux qui régissent l'extraction sont expliqués afin de pouvoir choisir la nature et la quantité de phase extractante selon la matrice des échantillons et les propriétés des solutés...

In this symposium we will present and discuss the latest breakthroughs resulting from research in trace and ultra-trace analysis, in aqueous or organic media as well as in solids, throughout the chain of activities in the petroleum industry, from exploration to the use of hydrocarbons in engines.Le programme de cette rencontre vise à présenter et discuter les dernières avancées r...

The reduction of greenhouse gases emissions remains one of the most important challenges stakes for the next decades involving all energy consumers and especially the industrial actors, although the need to make better use of energy is not appreciated to the same extent by all industrial countries. For the automotive sector, the European car manufacturersLa réduction des gaz...

Cubic equations of state (EOS) have proven their utility to the petroleum engineers for many decades. Their predictive power remains, however, limited. Statistical mechanical approaches have meanwhile grown allowing the development of powerful engineering equations of state. In particular, this paper investigates how equations that are based on the association term of Wertheim...

The construction of a single-event microkinetic (SEMK) model for metal catalysis using Fischer-Tropsch synthesis as example reaction is addressed. SEMK's describe the full product distribution with a limited number of kinetic parameters. A computer algorithm is required to generate all the elementary steps and species of the reaction network. Reacting and intermediate species are...

We study the feasibility of using electrical/EM methods for monitoring the injection of supercritical CO2 at a depth of 1700 m in a saline aquifer of the Paris Basin (Dogger carbonates). We first establish the theoretical interest of resistivity methods for CO2 monitoring through the basic laws of electrical physics in porous sedimentary rocks, assuming that supercritical CO2 is...

The reduction of Green-House Gas Emissions (GHGE) goes through a sum of solutions that need to be tuned to the local context in terms of energy needs and resources, and also to the demand and offer variations with time. The housing heat consumption is particularly concerned as it is seasonal and rarely in phase with the deliverability of alternative or renewable energy sources...

Modeling of refining processes using metal-acid bifunctional catalysts involves an exponentially increasing number of species and reactions, which may rapidly exceed several thousands for complex industrial feedstocks. When building a model for such a process, a priori lumped kinetic models by chemical family do no longer meet the current requirements in terms of simulation...

Engine downsizing is potentially one of the most effective strategies being explored to improve fuel economy. A main problem of downsizing using a turbocharger is the small range of stable functioning of the turbocharger centrifugal compressor at high boost pressures. Several techniques were studied to increase the compressor operating range without sacrificing the compressor...

In this paper, the nanoclay particles were introduced as mobile adsorbents in oil reservoirs to adsorb the asphaltenes, reduce the viscosity and enhance the dispersion. The objective of this paper is experimental investigation of enhanced heavy oil recovery using in situ nanoparticles for the first time. Moreover, two thermal analysis methods (thermogravimetry and differential...

The present paper investigates and compares the performance of three configurations of Gas Turbine systems allowing cogeneration of heat and electricity, on the basis of an irreversible regenerative Brayton-Joule cycle. The proposed model is developed for two different cycle constraints, namely, an imposed heat transfer rate released by the fuel combustion, or an imposed maximum...

The numerical model for the depressurization of methane hydrates in a confined reservoir is presented based on mass conservation in porous media, incorporating multiphase flow theory and kinetics of gas hydrate dissociation. The universal implicit difference method is adopted, and the corresponding computer program is developed. During the production of the hydrate reservoir...

This study investigates the effects of various operating conditions in spark ignition engines via an exergy analysis. A thermodynamic cycle model including compression, combustion and expansion processes was used for investigation. Induction and exhaust processes were computed with a simple approximation method. The principles of the second law were applied to the cycle model to...

Characterizing the uncertainty in the subsurface is an important step for exploration and extraction of natural resources, the storage of nuclear material and gasses such as natural gas or CO2. Imaging the subsurface can be posed as an inverse problem and can be solved using the geostatistical approach [Kitanidis P.K. (2007) Geophys. Monogr. Ser. 171, 19-30, doi:10.1029/171GM04...

It is becoming more and more common to use assisted history matching methods to find different combinations of reservoir simulation models that agree with production data. Models with a large number of cells contain millions of unknown parameters and selecting the correct property values can be difficult. In practice, not all are important but finding which parts of the reservoir...

Oxygen production processes using adsorbents for application to CCS technologies (Carbon Capture and Storage) offer potential cost benefits over classical cryogenics. In order to model adsorption processes an approach using three size scales has been developed. This work is being conducted in the framework of the DECARBit European research project. The first scale is at the size...