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  • n. A piece of chemical engineering apparatus that is used to separate the components of a mixture by fractionation, especially by fractional distillation

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In chem., an apparatus for fractional distillation.


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  • Vapors from the drums are returned to a fractionator where gas, naphtha, and gas oils are separated out.


  • Kerosene-range material can be taken as a separate side-draw product or included in the fractionator bottoms with the gas oil.


  • Like the outturn of the first stage, the second stage product is separated from the hydrogen and charged to the fractionator.


  • Depending on the products desired (gasoline components, jet fuel, and gas oil), the fractionator is run to cut out some portion of the first stage reactor out-turn.


  • The fractionator bottoms are again mixed with a hydrogen stream and charged to the second stage.


  • The liquid product from the bottom of the separator is sent to a fractionator called a stabilizer (butanizer).


  • The heavier hydrocarbons produced in the fractionator are recycled through the furnace.


  • NGL equity volumes were lower in third-quarter 2011 compared with second-quarter 2011 due to unplanned maintenance at our Opal plant along with the impact of a third-party fractionator being shut-down for approximately 10 days for an expansion project.

  • As a result of the fractionator shut-down, NGL takeaway capacity on the Overland Pass Pipeline from Williams Partners' western plants was reduced.

  • Targa's majority-owned Cedar Bayou fractionator kept running while Gulf Coast Fractionators, in which it holds a 38.8 percent stake, remained shut down but was expected to restart later Wednesday.


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