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1 Research and Development Group, Shiraz Refining Oil Company, P.O. Box: 71365-1445, Shiraz, Iran

2 Department of Chemical Engineering, Shiraz University of Technology, P.O. Box: 71555-313, Shiraz, Iran


Catalytic naphtha reforming is one of the most important processes in which, low quality naphtha is converted into high octane motor gasoline. In this study, a mathematical model was developed and was used for investigation the effect of temperature, pressure, hydrogen to hydrocarbon ratio on the octane number, the yield of product and the undesirable phenomena of coke deposition in a semiregenerative catalytic reforming unit. The result of the model was compared to the plant data to verify the model accuracy. Then, the model was used to find the optimal condition for the maximum value of octane number and yield of product and the minimum value of coke deposition. The optimum condition of the process is estimated using genetic algorithm optimization method as an efficient optimization method. In the optimal condition, the octane number and the yield of the product are improved 0.3% and 1.23% respectively, and the coke deposition is reduced 2.1 %.


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