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1. (WO2018160787) APPARATUS AND METHODS TO REMOVE SOLIDS FROM HYDROCARBON STREAMS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/160787    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/020365
Publication Date: Sat Sep 08 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Mar 02 00:59:59 CET 2018
IPC: C10G 31/08
B01D 21/00
B01D 21/02
C10G 33/04
Applicants: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
Inventors: LUCCHESI, Robert, P.
YEGANEH, Mohsen, S.
KEISER, Geoffrey, M.
VREELAND, Jessica, L.
BRUNO, Thomas
Title: APPARATUS AND METHODS TO REMOVE SOLIDS FROM HYDROCARBON STREAMS
Abstract:
Apparatus, processes, and systems for removal of solids from a hydrocarbon stream. The present disclosure utilizes a surfactant to reduce interfacial tension between a hydrocarbon phase and a water (or aqueous) phase to promote solids to be pulled by gravity out of the hydrocarbon phase and into the water phase.