|Evaluation of Boiling Point Ranges for Petroleum Products Using an Innovative Vacuum Distillation System as per ASTM D1160
|Dr Raj Shah
|Mr Muqsit Khan
Mr Stanley Zhang
|Koehler Instrument Company, Inc.
Abstract Information :
Vacuum distillation is an advantageous method in the refining industry. It allows the separation of lighter hydrocarbons from heavier materials at lower temperatures than normal. This is done by using a vacuum to reduce the pressure of the system. The reduction of pressure results in lower boiling points, which can help prevent the possibility of thermal cracking occurring in the oil. Distillation at reduced pressures is possible with the Koehler VDS5000 Manual Vacuum Distillation System. The VDS5000 evaluates the range of boiling points for petroleum products at the reduced pressures. The instrument performs the standard test method for distillation at reduced pressure in accordance with the specifications outlined in ASTM D1160. Distillation occurs at reduced temperatures controlled by the instrument equivalent to one theoretical plate. The initial and final boiling point is evaluated with the instrument having a max temperature of 400 C. The unit is accompanied by the K80320 VDS Vacuum Pump with a 5-liter stainless steel surge tank. The vacuum pump creates the lower pressure system, while the surge tank reduces pressure fluctuations. The poster discusses the applications of the VDS5000 in determining boiling point ranges based on ASTM D1160.