One of the main challenges of the chemical industry is to achieve continuous improvement of its operation’s reliability and efficiency, and to enhance its profitability and competitiveness. A few percent yield decrease, or an unplanned shutdown, may result in a loss of revenue worth several million dollars. The nitrogen and syngas industries are faced with the same challenges
Catalyst are commonly used in chemical processes, and they play a key role in plant productivity thanks to their high activity and selectivity and their high impact on the chemical reactions. Catalysts are very critical in the nitrogen and syngas industries as well, where they are used in many steps including: feed purification, reforming, conversion, syngas purification, product synthesis, and hydrogen purification. Catalysts must comply with high levels of expectations in terms of efficiency, life, energy consumption, and pressure drop. They must also be designed to operate at design conditions, which can be much more severe than normal operating conditions.