A True Six-Channel Solution for Impurities in Ethylene, May 2019.1 [AN013]
INTRODUCTION: Ethylene is one of the highest volume chemicals produced in the world, with over 100 million metric tons produced annually. Ethylene is primarily used in the manufacture of polyethylene, ethylene oxide and ethylene dichloride. Impurities in ethylene can damage catalysts, resulting in
significant replacement costs, reduced product quality, process downtime and decreased yield. Ethylene is manufactured through the use of steam
cracking, in which gaseous or light liquid hydrocarbons are heated to 750-790°C in a pyrolysis furnace. Larger hydrocarbons are cracked into smaller hydrocarbons with the formation of unsaturated and olefinic compounds being produced. Ethylene feedstocks must be tested to ensure that only high purity ethylene is delivered for chemical processing.