Patents Assigned to UOP
  • Patent number: 10479741
    Abstract: Processes and apparatus for isomerizing hydrocarbons are provided. The process comprises isomerizing at least a portion of the hydrocarbon feed stream comprising at least one of C4 to C7 hydrocarbons in the presence of an isomerization catalyst and hydrogen under isomerization conditions to produce a isomerized stream. The isomerized stream is stabilized in a stabilizer to provide a stabilizer off-gas stream comprising chlorides and a liquid isomerate stream. At least a portion of the stabilizer off-gas stream is contacted with an exchange stream to provide an absorber overhead stream and absorber bottoms stream comprising chlorides. The absorber bottoms stream is passed to the isomerization reactor. The liquid isomerate stream is passed to a deisohexanizer column to provide an isomerate product and deisohexanizer side stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Manoj Kumar, David J. Shecterle, Rohit Sachan, Shone Abraham, Rajaraman Panchapakesan, Kiran Ladkat, Pankaj Kumar Singh, Mohamed S. M. Shakur, Emily A. Harrell
  • Patent number: 10472581
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for quenching a hydrocracked stream to prepare it for hydroisomerization. A fractionated hydroisomerized stream is recycled to quench a hot hydrocracked stream prior to hydroisomerization. Sufficient quenching can inactivate the hydroisomerization catalyst bed. The hydroisomerization catalyst bed can be heated back to hydroisomerization temperature and can actively hydroisomerize again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Sailesh B. Kumar, Andrew J. Towarnicky, Vasant P. Thakkar, Massimo Sangalli, John A. Petri
  • Patent number: 10471370
    Abstract: An arrangement of downcomers oriented at a 45-degree angle to a support that is either a wall within a divided wall column or a support beam that allows for reduced spacing of from 0.3 to 0.76 m spacing between trays within a distillation column. The advantages include the use of a single support beam to support two trays as well as more efficient operation and allowing for columns having diameters from 0.9 to 15.2 meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Kevin J. Richardson, Brian J. Nowak, Michael J. Behm, David M. Wollaber, Shanda G. Fry
  • Patent number: 10472577
    Abstract: A catalyst composition comprising a support comprising a mixture of amorphous silica-alumina and non-zeolitic alumina comprising no more than 75 wt % amorphous silica-alumina and having a ratio of moles of silicon to moles of aluminum in the range of about 0.05 to about 0.50. A first hydrogenation metal comprising platinum, a second hydrogenation metal from Group VIIB or Group VIII of the Periodic Table other than platinum and an optional third metal from Group IA of the Periodic Table may be deposited on the support. The ratio of moles of silicon to the moles of the first hydrogenation metal, the second hydrogenation metal and the optional third metal on the support may be between about 15 and about 75.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Antoine Negiz, Shurong Yang, Richard R. Willis, Gregory J. Gajda, Suheil F. Abdo, Lisa M. Knight, Hayim Abrevaya, John A. Petri
  • Patent number: 10457878
    Abstract: We have discovered a process for hydrocracking a distillate stream and separating it into several product cuts including LPG, light naphtha, heavy naphtha and distillate without a stripper column. Additionally, no more than two heaters relying on external utilities are required for reboiling fractionator bottoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Donald A. Eizenga, Massimo Sangalli, Richard K. Hoehn, Saadet Ulas Acikgoz, Trung Pham
  • Patent number: 10458329
    Abstract: A power generation process for use in a processing unit that includes the steps of: using a regenerator to produce a flue gas stream; removing catalyst particles from the flue gas stream; routing the flue gas stream to a combustor/expander unit after performing the step of removing catalyst particles; and using rotation of the turbine of the combustor/expander unit as a source of rotary power. Preferably, the combustor/expander unit includes a combustion chamber and a power recovery turbine housed within a single casing. In certain embodiments, the flue gas stream is routed between the regenerator and the combustor/expander without passing through a compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Xin X. Zhu, Joao Jorge da Silva Ferreira Alves, Paolo Palmas, Richard A. Johnson, II, Michael R. Van de Cotte
  • Patent number: 10450244
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates generally to a method for the removal of oxygen from hydrogen using a manganese, iron, nickel or cobalt based adsorbent. More specifically, the present subject matter relates to the methods for the removal of oxygen from hydrogen using a manganese based adsorbent without the generation of water or other oxides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Caskey, Vladislav I. Kanazirev, Thomas Traynor
  • Patent number: 10450240
    Abstract: It is desirable to provide improved processes and apparatuses for methylation of aromatic compounds such as toluene and benzene in an aromatics complex. Described herein are processes and apparatuses for methylation of aromatics in an aromatics complex for producing a xylene isomer product. More specifically, processes and apparatuses for producing para-xylene by the selective methylation of toluene and/or benzene in an aromatics complex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. Montalbano, R. Jason L. Noe, Veronica G. Deak, Anton N. Mlinar, Robert E. Tsai
  • Patent number: 10450264
    Abstract: Non-cyclic amide or thioamide based ionic liquids and methods of making them are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Erin M. Broderick, Avram M. Buchbinder, Alakananda Bhattacharyya
  • Patent number: 10449523
    Abstract: A unique crystalline bis-ammonia transition metal molybdotungstate material has been developed. The material may be used as a hydroprocessing catalyst. The hydroprocessing may include hydrodenitrification, hydrodesulfurization, hydrodemetallation, hydrodearomatization, hydrodesilication, hydroisomerization, hydrotreating, hydrofining, and hydrocracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Miller, Laura Collins, Susan C. Koster
  • Patent number: 10450245
    Abstract: This present disclosure relates to processes for removing contaminants from hydrocarbon streams, e.g. removing chlorides, CO2, COS, H2S, AsH3, methanol, mercaptans and other S- or O-containing organic compounds from olefins, paraffins, aromatics, naphthenes and other hydrocarbon streams. The process involves contacting the stream with an adsorbent which comprises a zeolite, an alumina component and a metal component e.g. sodium, in an amount at least 30% of the zeolite's ion exchange capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jayant K. Gorawara, Jason L. Noe, Vladislav I. Kanazirev
  • Patent number: 10441932
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for gas-liquid distribution. More specifically, the present invention relates to a gas-liquid distribution device that may be used in an ionic liquid co-current gas and liquid up-flow reactor designed to distribute gas uniformly across the reactor cross section through restriction orifices on distributors located across the distribution tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Zhanping Xu, Daniel A. Kauff, Robert J. Sanger, Sathit Kulprathipanja, Emadoddin Abbasi
  • Patent number: 10443001
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for reducing the sulfur content of naphtha. The process includes introducing at least a portion of a naphtha feed stream to a selective hydrodesulfurization zone under selective hydrodesulfurization conditions in the presence of a selective hydrodesulfurization catalyst to form a low sulfur stream which contains mercaptan and thiophene compounds. At least a portion of the low sulfur stream is separated into at least two streams, a mercaptan rich stream containing mercaptan and thiophene compounds and an overhead stream containing hydrogen sulfide and liquid petroleum gas. The mercaptan rich stream is treated in an adsorbent zone to remove at least a portion of the mercaptan and thiophene compounds to form a mercaptan lean stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Priyesh Jayendrakumar Jani, Deepak Bisht, Tuhin Suvra Khan, Ram Ganesh Rokkam, Pijus Kanti Roy, Steven F. Zink, Avnish Kumar
  • Patent number: 10435362
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment can be a process for oxidizing one or more thiol compounds from an alkaline stream. The process may include passing a mixed stream having the alkaline stream to a vessel having an oxidation section, a separation section and a vent gas section. Often, the oxidation section includes a body containing one or more packing elements. The process can further include passing an oxidized alkaline stream to the separation section containing a first chamber and a second chamber. Usually, the first chamber contains a coated mesh and packing. The two sections further form a neck contains a packing, a distributor, and a mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Tertel, Susanna K. Wong
  • Patent number: 10435635
    Abstract: A process and apparatus removes HPNA's from a fractionated bottoms stream from a reboiled product fractionation column that obtains heat from a reboiler. HPNA's are removed from the fractionated bottoms stream by stripping it with an inert gas. The HPNA lean stream may be fed back to the reboiled product fractionation column at the same elevation as the feed stream to the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Richard K. Hoehn, Donald A. Eizenga
  • Patent number: 10427145
    Abstract: A new family of crystalline microporous metalloalumino(gallo)phosphosilicates designated MeAPSO-82 has been synthesized. These metalloalumino(gallo)phosphosilicates are represented by the empirical formula of: Rp+rA+mM2+wExPSiyOz where A is an alkali metal such as potassium, R is an quaternary ammonium cation such as ethyltrimethylammonium, M is a divalent metal such as Zn and E is a trivalent framework element such as aluminum or gallium. This family of metalloalumino(gallo)phosphosilicate materials are stabilized by combinations of alkali and quaternary ammonium cations, enabling unique, high charge density compositions. The MeAPSO-82 family of materials have the CGS topology and have catalytic properties for carrying out various hydrocarbon conversion processes and separation properties for separating at least one component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventor: Gregory J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10427144
    Abstract: A new family of crystalline microporous metalloalumino(gallo)phosphosilicates designated MeAPSO-83 has been synthesized. These metalloalumino(gallo)phosphosilicates are represented by the empirical formula of: Rp+rA+mM2+wExPSiyOz where A is an alkali metal such as potassium, R is an quaternary ammonium cation such as ethyltrimethylammonium, M is a divalent metal such as Zn and E is a trivalent framework element such as aluminum or gallium. This family of metalloalumino(gallo)phosphosilicate materials are stabilized by combinations of alkali and quaternary ammonium cations, enabling unique, high charge density compositions. The MeAPSO-83 family of materials have the BPH topology and have catalytic properties for carrying out various hydrocarbon conversion processes and separation properties for separating at least one component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventor: Gregory J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10427993
    Abstract: A process for separating xylene from a feedstock in which the feedstock is separated into a xylene stream, a benzene rich stream and a light ends stream. Two separation zones may be utilized in which liquid from both is sent to a compression zone and the vapor from the compression zone is combined with a stream prior to the stream entering the second separation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Leonid Bresler, Patrick C. Whitchurch, Jason T. Corradi
  • Patent number: 10428283
    Abstract: A hydrotreating reactor including a vessel comprising an upper zone, and intermediate zone and a lower zone. The upper zone comprises at least one upper catalyst bed. The intermediate zone comprises a vapor/liquid separation zone, wherein gas separated within the vapor/liquid separation zone is directed to a high pressure knockout drum and the liquid separated within the vapor/liquid separation zone is directed to a stripping section and then the lower zone. The lower zone comprises at least one lower catalyst bed. Preferably, the stripping section is configured and arranged for removing hydrogen sulfide and ammonia from the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Richard K. Hoehn, Soumendra Mohan Banerjee, Sudipto Chakraborty, Kiran Ladkat
  • Patent number: 10428281
    Abstract: A hydroprocessing catalyst or catalyst precursor has been developed. The catalyst is a unique transition metal tungsten oxy-hydroxide material. The hydroprocessing using the transition metal tungsten oxy-hydroxide material or the decomposition product thereof may include hydrodenitrification, hydrodesulfurization, hydrodemetallation, hydrodesilication, hydrodearomatization, hydroisomerization, hydrotreating, hydrofining, and hydrocracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Miller, Susan C. Koster