In a modern UOP aromatics complex, the TAC9 process is integrated into the flow scheme to selectively convert C9– C10 aromatics into xylenes rather than sending them to the gasoline pool or selling them as a solvent.
The TAC9 process consists of a fixed-bed reactor and product separation section. The feed is combined with hydrogen-rich recycle gas, preheated in a combined feed exchanger (1) and heated in a fired heater (2). The hot feed vapor goes to a reactor (3). The reactor effluent is cooled in a combined feed exchanger and sent to a product separator (4). Hydrogen-rich gas is taken off the top of the separator, mixed with makeup hydrogen gas, and recycled back to the reactor. Liquid from the bottom of the separator is sent to a stripper column (5). The stripper overhead gas is exported to the fuel gas system. The overhead liquid may be sent to a debutanizer column or a stabilizer. The stabilized product is sent to the product fractionation section of the UOP aromatics
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