Patents by Inventor Rian Reyneke

Rian Reyneke has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20170261257
    Abstract: A method of cooling an ethylene discharge gas includes the steps of drawing a liquid ethane from a C2 splitter; reducing a pressure of the drawn liquid ethane in a let-down valve to produce a cooled liquid ethane; cooling the ethylene discharge gas with the cooled liquid ethane in a vaporizer, the cooled liquid ethane exiting the vaporizer as an ethane vapor; pressurizing the ethane vapor in a heat pump to produce a heated vapor ethane; and returning the heated vapor ethane to the C2 splitter. The ethylene discharge gas may be from an ethylene refrigerant compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Rian Reyneke, VIJENDER K. VERMA
  • Publication number: 20100217059
    Abstract: The process of this invention represents an improved, low-energy method for recovering a purified ethylene product from the effluent of an autothermal cracking reactor. The process consists of a cracked gas chilling train, a front-end ethylene distributor, a demethanizer, and a C2 splitter. Hydrocarbons heavier than ethylene, including ethane, propylene, and propane are recycled in a single stream to the ATC reactor. Acetylene removal from the ethylene product can be accomplished either through a front-end hydrogenation unit or an acetylene extraction unit. This invention is particularly useful when the fresh hydrocarbon feed to the autothermal cracking reactor is ethane or a mixture of ethane and propane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Rian Reyneke, Michael J. Foral, Graeme Parker, Wayne W.Y. Eng
  • Publication number: 20090193846
    Abstract: A process is described for the recovery of CO and optionally hydrogen from a stream containing CO, H2, methane, and hydrocarbons heavier than methane. The process is characterized by a two-stage removal (3, 6) of C2+ hydrocarbons from the feed. In a first step the feed gas (1) is separated (3) into a first C2+ depleted stream (5) and a first C2+ enriched stream (4). The first C2-enriched stream (4) is rectified (6) to produce a second C2+ depleted stream. The first and second C2+ depleted streams (5, 9) are fed to a cryogenic system (10) fro recovery of CO (12) and optionally hydrogen (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Michael J. Foral, Rian Reyneke, Wayne W.Y. Eng, Graeme Parker
  • Publication number: 20090158737
    Abstract: Processes using multiple expansion turbines for efficient recovery of power from a plurality of very high pressure streams of superheated vapor are disclosed. Beneficially, processes of the invention use at least two classes of expansion turbines. Processes according to this invention are particularly useful for recovery of power from very high pressure streams of superheated steam in an olefins manufacturing process. Such streams are typically produced by thermal cracking of suitable petroleum derived feed stocks, and the olefins being produced and purified are typically ethylene and/or propylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: INEOS USA LLC
    Inventors: Rik Klavers, Rian Reyneke, Guang-Chung Lee, Iain Sinclair, Wayne W.Y. Eng, Jeffery S. Logsdon, Christos G. Papadopoulos, Michael J. Foral
  • Publication number: 20090133437
    Abstract: A novel process is disclosed which produces a CO-rich stream from a stream containing hydrogen, carbon monoxide, methane, and components heavier than methane. The process utilizes a combined CO purification and demethanizer column (5) which reduces the overall capital cost of the process, and efficient heat integration which reduces the energy required by the process. This process is useful in recovering a CO-rich stream (10) from the effluent (1) of an autothermal cracking reactor. It is particularly useful when one or more of the heavy components (6) has a higher value as pure product than when admixed with methane (11), and when product of a purified hydrogen stream (8) is also desirable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Rian Reyneke, Michael J. Foral
  • Publication number: 20090112037
    Abstract: The process of this invention represents an improved method for recovering a purified ethylene product and optionally a purified hydrogen product from the effluent of an autothermal cracking reactor. The process consists of cracked gas chilling, rough separation of a hydrogen-rich stream, demethanization, separation of ethylene from the demethanizer bottoms product, and final purification of the ethylene product. Hydrocarbons heavier than ethylene, including ethane, propylene, and propane are recycled to the ATC reactor. Optionally a purified hydrogen product can be obtained from the hydrogen-rich stream. The invention is particularly useful when the fresh hydrocarbons feed to the autothermal cracking reactor is ethane or a mixture of ethane and propane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Rian Reyneke, Michael J. Foral, Graeme Parker, Wayne W.Y. Eng
  • Patent number: 7437891
    Abstract: A process for the recovery and purification of ethylene and optionally propylene from a stream containing lighter and heavier components that employs an ethylene distributor column and a partially thermally coupled distributed distillation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Ineos USA LLC
    Inventors: Rian Reyneke, Michael J. Foral, Guang-Chung Lee, Wayne W. Y. Eng, Iain Sinclair, Jeffery S. Lodgson
  • Patent number: 7311813
    Abstract: This invention is an improved distillation sequence for the separation and purification of ethylene from a cracked gas. A hydrocarbon feed enters a C2 distributor column. The top of the C2 distributor column is thermally coupled to an ethylene distributor column, and the bottoms liquid of a C2 distributor column feeds a deethanizer column. The C2 distributor column utilizes a conventional reboiler. The top of the ethylene distributor is thermally coupled with a demethanizer column, and the bottoms liquid of the ethylene distributor feeds a C2 splitter column. The ethylene distributor column utilizes a conventional reboiler. The deethanizer and C2 splitter columns are also thermally coupled and operated at a substantially lower pressure than the C2 distributor column, the ethylene distributor column, and the demethanizer column. Alternatively, a hydrocarbon feed enters a deethanizer column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Ineos USA LLC
    Inventors: Rian Reyneke, Michael Foral, Christos G. Papadopoulos, Jeffrey S. Logsdon, Wayne W. Y. Eng, Guang-Chung Lee, Ian Sinclair
  • Patent number: 7152428
    Abstract: A refrigeration process is disclosed that employs a mixed refrigerant to chill a process gas stream in which a second stream is cooled against rewarming vaporized mixed refrigerant at low pressure and subsequently is at least partially vaporized against at least partially condensed mixed refrigerant at a higher pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Guang-Chung Lee, Rian Reyneke, Michael J. Foral, Christos Papadopoulos, Wayne W. Y. Eng, Jeff Logsdon
  • Patent number: 7129387
    Abstract: An apparatus for recovering ethylene from a hydrocarbon feed stream, where the apparatus is a single distillation column pressure shell encasing an upper region and a lower region. The upper region houses an ethylene distributor rectifying section and the lower region houses a C2 distributor section and an ethylene distributor stripping section. Vapor passes from the lower region into the upper region, and liquid passes from the upper region to the lower region. The process for recovering the ethylene is also disclosed. The hydrocarbon feed stream is introduced into the C2 distributor section, and after a series of stripping and refluxing steps, distinct hydrocarbon products are recovered from the C2 distributor section, the ethylene distributor stripping section, and the ethylene distributor rectifying section, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Rian Reyneke, Michael J. Foral, Guang-Chung Lee
  • Patent number: 7082787
    Abstract: The recovery of ethylene from light gases at low temperature by the use of a mixed refrigeration system comprising methane, ehtylene and/or ethane, and propylene and/or propane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Guang-Chung Lee, Rian Reyneke, Michael J. Foral, Christos Papadopoulos, Wayne W. Y. Eng, Jeff Logsdon
  • Publication number: 20060149115
    Abstract: An autothermal cracking process for production and recovery of olefins. The process comprises feeding a substantially hydrocarbon feedstock and an oxygen-containing gas to an autothermal cracker to provide a hydrocarbon product stream comprising olefins. A waste enthalpy source generated by said autothermal cracking process is used to at least partially drive an ammonia absorption refrigeration system to provide chilling for at least one process stream in the separation and/or purification of olefins from the hydrocarbon product stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Inventors: Michael Foral, Jeffrey Amelse, Rian Reyneke
  • Publication number: 20060135840
    Abstract: A process for the recovery and purification of ethylene and optionally propylene from a stream containing lighter and heavier components that employs an ethylene distributor column and a partially thermally coupled distributed distillation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Publication date: June 22, 2006
    Inventors: Rian Reyneke, Michael Foral, Guang-Chung Lee, Wayne Eng, Iain Sinclair, Jeffery Logsdon
  • Publication number: 20060021377
    Abstract: A refrigeration process is disclosed that employs a mixed refrigerant to chill a process gas stream in which a second stream is cooled against rewarming vaporized mixed refrigerant at low pressure and subsequently is at least partially vaporized against at least partially condensed mixed refrigerant at a higher pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Publication date: February 2, 2006
    Inventors: Guang-Chung Lee, Rian Reyneke, Michael Foral, Christos Papadopoulos, Wayne Eng, Jeff Logsdon
  • Publication number: 20050198998
    Abstract: The recovery of ethylene from light gases at low temperature by the use of a mixed refrigeration system comprising methane, ehtylene and/or ethane, and propylene and/or propane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Publication date: September 15, 2005
    Inventors: Guang-Chung Lee, Rian Reyneke, Michael Foral, Christos Papadopoulos, Wayne Eng, Jeff Logsdon
  • Publication number: 20050154245
    Abstract: A process for recovering hydrogen from a mixed hydrocarbon stream wherein the mixed hydrocarbon stream is subjected to a separation technique to produce a substantially hydrogen enriched stream, which is then recovered as hydrogen product. A process for providing refrigeration duty to the process is also disclosed, wherein a substantially methane enriched stream arising from the separation technique is expanded to provide cooling duty for the process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Publication date: July 14, 2005
    Inventors: Rian Reyneke, Iain Sinclair, Guang-Chung Lee, Michael Floral, Jeffery Logsdon, Wayne Eng, Christos Papadopoulos
  • Publication number: 20040182751
    Abstract: An apparatus for recovering ethylene from a hydrocarbon feed stream, where the apparatus is a single distillation column pressure shell encasing an upper region and a lower region. The upper region houses an ethylene distributor rectifying section and the lower region houses a C2 distributor section and an ethylene distributor stripping section. Vapor passes from the lower region into the upper region, and liquid passes from the upper region to the lower region. The process for recovering the ethylene is also disclosed. The hydrocarbon feed stream is introduced into the C2 distributor section, and after a series of stripping and refluxing steps, distinct hydrocarbon products are recovered from the C2 distributor section, the ethylene distributor stripping section, and the ethylene distributor rectifying section, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventors: Rian Reyneke, Michael J. Foral, Guang-Chung Lee
  • Publication number: 20040182752
    Abstract: This invention is an improved distillation sequence for the separation and purification of ethylene from a cracked gas. A hydrocarbon feed enters a C2 distributor column. The top of the C2 distributor column is thermally coupled to an ethylene distributor column, and the bottoms liquid of a C2 distributor column feeds a deethanizer column. The C2 distributor column utilizes a conventional reboiler. The top of the ethylene distributor is thermally coupled with a demethanizer column, and the bottoms liquid of the ethylene distributor feeds a C2 splitter column. The ethylene distributor column utilizes a conventional reboiler. The deethanizer and C2 splitter columns are also thermally coupled and operated at a substantially lower pressure than the C2 distributor column, the ethylene distributor column, and the demethanizer column. Alternatively, a hydrocarbon feed enters a deethanizer column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventors: Rian Reyneke, Michael Foral, Christos G. Papadopoulos, Jeffery S. Logsdon, Wayne W. Y. Eng, Guang-Chung Lee, Ian Sinclair