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Characterization of Sludge Deposits from Refineries and Gas Plants: Prerequisite Results Requirements to Facilitate Chemical Cleaning of the Particular Equipment.

1. Introduction

The sludge deposits that frequently accumulate inside the equipment used in the oil industry can cause failures and temporarily shut down the refinery and gas plants [1]. Sitepu, Al-Ghamdi, and Zaidi (2017) successfully experimented to separate the inorganic materials (i.e., the insoluble part or non-hydrocarbon) from the hydrocarbon (dichloromethane soluble part) of the sludge deposits that were collected from the diesel oil tank in a refinery and accurately identified and quantified the very small quantity of inorganic materials, Figure 1. They showed that the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) data consisted of iron oxide corrosion products in the form of goethite [FeO(OH)], magnetite [[Fe.sub.3][O.sub.4]] and lepidocrocite [FeO(OH)], iron sulfide corrosion products in the form of pyrite [Fe[S.sub.2]] and pyrrhotite [[Fe.sub.7][S.sub.8]], and formation materials in the form of quartz [Si[O.sub.2]]. Additionally, Sitepu, Al-Ghamdi, and Zaidi (2017) [1] showed the relationship between their XRD phase identification results of the sludge samples that were generated in the particular equipment in refineries and gas plants, and the nature of the corrosion and scale products, Table 1.

Subsequently, Sitepu, Al-Ghamdi, and Zaidi (2017) [1] described that the gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) analysis results of the hydrocarbon (dichloromethane soluble part) showed diesel with the carbon range (C10 to C27), which suggests the minor portion of the oil-based type of sludge deposits was a diesel. Additionally, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) yielded that weight percentage (wt%) of inorganic compound, water, and hydrocarbon soluble were 3 wt%, 25 wt%, and 72 wt%, respectively. Knowing which phases and their wt% were involved in the inorganic materials [2] along with the type of hydrocarbon that presents at the sludge deposits can guide the engineers at the affected refinery and gas plants to overcome the problems by devising appropriate corrective procedures.

The main objective of the present study was to extend the new method developed by Sitepu, Al-Ghamdi, and Zaidi (2007) [1] to particularly and accurately examine the phase composition of inorganic materials (non-soluble or non-hydrocarbon) that were built up in the different equipment at refineries and gas plants--(a) a regeneration overhead acid gas condenser located at the low-pressure gas treating unit, (b) water draw-off pumps suction strainer for pumps and water recycle pump in a gas plant, and (c) condenser, inside vessels of inlet head, and head coiler tube of the sulfur recovery unit (SRU)--using advanced XRD [3-9] and Rietveld method [10-18], which are well-known techniques, both for identification of phases and for the quantification [19-24] of all the identified phases. Subsequently, when the types of the hydrocarbon were required by the field engineers for the particular deposits, the authors independently analyzed the dichloromethane soluble part.

2. Experimental Procedure

In the present study, the limitation of the new method of sample preparation procedures developed by Sitepu, Al-Ghamdi, and Zaidi (2017) [1] has been extended and to characterize the inorganic materials present in the as-received sludge deposits from many different parts and locations of equipment in Saudi Aramco's refineries and gas plants. Table 2 shows the description of the samples investigated in this study.

The accurate phase identification and quantification results of inorganic materials or the insoluble part, Table 2, are a prerequisite, which is required to facilitate chemical cleaning [2] of the particular failure equipment and prevent the reoccurrence. Therefore, the inorganic materials were manually ground by an agate mortar and a pestle for several minutes to achieve a fine particle size [18]. Then, the fine powders were mounted into the sample holders by front pressing. Furthermore, high-resolution XRD data of the samples were measured using the Rigaku ULTIMA-IV X-ray powder diffractometer with a copper X-ray tube from 4[degrees] to 75[degrees] 2[theta] Bragg-angles with a step size of 0.04[degrees] and counting time of 1[degrees] per minute.

Subsequently, all of the XRD data sets of the inorganic materials--(Table 2)--were then identified by High Score Plus software [15] (X'Pert High Score Plus Version 3.0e PANalytical Inc.) combined with the International Powder Diffraction Data (ICDD) of the powder diffraction file (PDF-4+) database of the standard reference materials. When all the phases are identified accurately, the authors subsequently use the Rietveld method [10-18], which adjusts the refinable parameters until the best fit of the entire calculated pattern to the entire measured XRD pattern is achieved, to determine the quantitative phase analysis [19-24] or wt%, [W.sub.p], for each of these identified phases, p, is proportional to the product of the scale factor, s, as derived in the Rietveld phase analysis, with the mass and volume of the unit cell and is given by

[W.sub.p] = [S.sub.p][(ZMV).sub.p]/[[summation].sup.n.sub.i=1][S.sub.i][(ZMV).sub.i] (l)

where Z, M, and V are the number of formula units per unit cell, the mass of the formula unit, and the unit-cell volume (in [[Angstrom].sup.3]), respectively. The advantages of the Rietveld method [10-18] are as follows:

(i) The calibration constants are computed from simple literature data (i.e., Z, M, and V values) rather than by laborious experimentation.

(ii) All reflections in the pattern are explicitly included, irrespective of overlap.

(iii) The background is better defined since a continuous function is fitted to the whole powder diffraction pattern.

(iv) The preferred orientation effects [18] can be corrected and determined.

(v) The crystal structural and peak-profile parameter scan can be refined as part of the same analysis.

2.1. Reproducibility. Scarlett et al. (2002) [25] described that one of the main sources of error to perform accurately quantitative phase analysis of high quality of high-resolution XRD data by Rietveld method is microabsorption, which is the presence of absorption contrast between phases. In some circumstances, they showed that the microabsorption proves to be challenging. In this paper, the limited amount of inorganics deposits (i.e., non-hydrocarbon parts) was manually ground in an agate mortar and a pestle for several minutes to achieve fine particle size [18] and eliminate microabsorption effects. To reproduce the results, the sample preparations were carefully repeated--the size distribution of the limited amount of inorganic deposits was modified by McCrone micronizing mill in order to achieve inadequate intensity reproducibility [26]. Excellent agreement was obtained between the results of the two experiments (i.e., McCrone mill-micronizing and manually ground in an agate mortar and a pestle techniques); and following O'Connor et al. [26] --the microabsorption correction was not conducted--in the refinement. The results of the manually ground in an agate mortar and a pestle for several minutes are quoted here as the experimental data of the limited amount of inorganics deposits (i.e., non-hydrocarbon parts) were superior quality in terms of counting statistics.

3. Results and Discussions

3.1. Regeneration Overhead Acid Gas Condenser Located (XRPD-A). The XRD phase identification result of the inorganic materials (insoluble part or non-hydrocarbon) revealed that the deposits consisted of corrosion products in the forms of iron sulfide (e.g., mackinawite-FeS and Fe[S.sub.2]) with some additional amounts of brimstone (sulfur), carbonate scale in the form of calcium carbonate with the mineral name of calcite (CaC[O.sub.3]), Figure 2(a). When Rietveld refinement was conducted to determine the phase composition for each of the identified phases, the results revealed 92.8 wt% of iron sulfide corrosion product (e.g., 89.9 wt% of mackinawite-FeS and 2.9 wt% of Fe[S.sub.2]) with the addition of 6.0 wt% of sulfur (S), and 2.1 wt% of calcium carbonate [calcite (CaC[O.sub.3])], Figure 2(b).

The GCMS analysis of hydrocarbon (dichloromethane soluble part) revealed that the sample looks waxy extending to > C35; however, it looks like the sample contains two different hydrocarbon-based products as suggested by the bimodal profile of the selected ion chromatogram. The light end part of this bimodal is diesel range hydrocarbons, whereas the heavy end of the profile is suggested to be lube/seal oil of some sort as it is supported by the fact that an antioxidant has been identified in the sample. The antioxidant is usually a diagnostic of lube/seal oil in this case. To confirm the results, the Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) analyses were required.

The Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results confirmed that the extracted sample from the sludge contained mainly hydrocarbon, Figure 3(a). The TGA results showed that the sample lost around 22% of its original weight at 100[degrees]C, which represents moisture and volatile hydrocarbons. Also, the sample lost 2.6% of its weight from 100[degrees]C to 250[degrees]C representing heavy hydrocarbons, Figure 3(b). The FTIR and TGA results demonstrated that the sample contains paraffinic-based hydrocarbons (25.0 wt%), which is most probably a mixture of diesel and lube oil. The lube oil content is also confirmed by the presence of the antioxidant. The diesel is used as a carrier of different oil field chemicals, such as corrosion inhibitors.

It can be summarized that the new method developed by Sitepu, Al-Ghamdi, and Zaidi (2017) [1] worked well in this study to characterize the inorganic deposits (insoluble part) buildup in regeneration overhead acid gas condenser located (XRPD-A). The advanced XRD and Rietveld method results revealed the inorganic deposits mainly consists of corrosion products in the form of iron sulfide. Additionally, the hydrocarbon (dichloromethane soluble part) revealed that the sample contains paraffinic-based hydrocarbons (25.0 wt%) suggesting that it is the mixture of diesel and lube oil. The presence of the antioxidant confirmed the lube oil; and the diesel is usually used as a carrier of different oil field chemicals such as corrosion inhibitors. The findings helped the investigation team to identify the root source of the sludge accumulation and provide the corrective remedies.

3.2. Water Draw-Off Pump's Suction Strainer in a Gas Plant --Suction Strainer for Pumps (XRPD-B) and Water Recycle Pump (XRPD-C). The results revealed that the inorganic deposits part from suction strainer for pumps (XRPDB) consisted of carbonate scale in the form of calcium carbonate with the mineral name of calcite (CaC[O.sub.3]), formation sandstones in the form of silicon oxide with the mineral name quartz (Si[O.sub.2]), drilling muds in the form of barium sulfate with the mineral name of barite (BaS[O.sub.4]), and barium silicate (sanbornite (Ba[Si.sub.2][O.sub.5])). Additionally, the inorganic deposit part from the water recycle pump (XRPD-B) consisted of barium sulfate (barite (BaS[O.sub.4])), titanium oxide (rutile (Ti[O.sub.2])), silicon oxide (quartz (Si[O.sub.2])), potassium aluminum silicate hydroxide (illite), calcium carbonate (calcite (CaCO3)), and aluminum zinc (of [Al.sub.0.71] [Zn.sub.0.91]). The X-ray fluorescence (XRF) findings support the XRD results. The phase composition--wt% for each of the identified phases--results obtained from the Rietveld method revealed that the inorganic part (i.e., non-hydrocarbon) present in the sludge from the suction strainer for pumps (XRPD-B) consisted of 78.4 wt% of calcium carbonate in the form of CaC[O.sub.3], 10.6 wt% of formation sandstone or sand in the form of Si[O.sub.2], 7.8 wt% of drilling mud in the form of BaS[O.sub.4], and 3.1 wt% of barium silicate (sanbornite (Ba[Si.sub.2][O.sub.5])), Figure 4(a).

Moreover, the phase composition (wt% for each of the identified phases) results obtained from the Rietveld method revealed that the inorganic part (i.e., non-hydrocarbon) present in the sludge from the water recycle pump (XRPD-C) consisted of 53.6 wt% of BaS[O.sub.4], 20.0 wt% of Ti[O.sub.2], 15.4 wt% of Si[O.sub.2], 7.3 wt% of illite, 3.4 wt% of CaC[O.sub.3], and 0.1 wt% of [Al.sub.0.71] [Zn.sub.0.91], Figure 4(b). The XRF findings support the XRD results. The results obtained from the XRD chemical identification and composition of the identified phases helped the engineers at the affected refinery and gas plants to determine the source of the materials found in the suction strainer and overcome the problems by devising appropriate corrective procedures.

The composition analysis of the hydrocarbon (dichloromethane soluble part) presents the sludge samples from the suction strainer (XRPD-B) and water recycle pump (XRPD-C) obtained from FTIR, DSC, and TGA indicated that the (a) sample is mostly organic and its phenolic-based material, (b) glass transition temperature (Tg) of the sheet sample material was 102[degrees]C (I), (c) total weight loss of volatiles (organic-based volatiles/light components) and organic-based materials were determined to be about 76 wt%, and (d) the remaining residual mass of the sample (inorganic) was found to be around 24wt%. The FTIR compositional analysis results show that the sample is similar to a bisphenol-based polymeric material. Additionally, the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) result showed that the Tg of the sheet sample material was 1[degrees]C. Moreover, the TGA results showed that the percentage of the total losses of the sample was 76 wt%, and the residual mass was 24 wt%.

The GCMS analysis of the hydrocarbon (dichloromethane soluble part) from the suction strainer for pumps (XRPD-B) revealed high boiling hydrocarbon components from C13 to C30+, which could indicate either heavy petroleum material or a certain type of lubricant oil. The Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry (FT-MS) analysis further indicated the presence of a polymeric material that was identified as nylon 7 oligomers with four to 13 repeat units. Nylon 7, also referred to as polyamide 7, may generally be used in fiber materials, films, or thermoplastic parts, but inclusion in oil field chemical formulations might also be possible, so that the ultimate source remains unknown. Note that the sludge samples collected from the suction strainer for sludge samples collected from the water recycle pump (XRPD-C) did not contain a significant trace of hydrocarbon and polymeric components as evidenced by the GCMS and FT-MS analyses, indicating that the sample contains either no, or much less, organic hydrocarbons or polymers.

Based on the XRD results, it can be highlighted that the inorganic part (i.e., nonhydrocarbon) present at the sludge deposits from (a) the suction strainer for pumps (XRPD-B) mainly consisted of CaC[O.sub.3] with the type of high boiling hydrocarbon components from C13 to C30+ suggesting that either heavy petroleum material or a certain type of lubricant oil hydrocarbon and (b) the water recycle pump (XRPD-C) mainly consisted of BaS[O.sub.4] and it does not have either organic hydrocarbons or polymers. The XRF findings support the XRD results and can help the engineers at the affected gas plant to identify the root causes of the sludge deposits and develop remedial action plan to avoid reoccurrence.

3.3. Deposits from Condenser, Inside Vessels of Inlet Head, and Head Coiler Tube of the Sulfur Recovery Unit (SRU). Figure 5(a) shows the quantitative phase analysis results of the identified phases obtained from the Rietveld method for the inorganic deposits buildup in (a) condenser tube side #1 (XRPD-D), (b) condenser #4 (XRPD-E), and (c) condenser manway cover (XRPD-F). The results showed that the XRD data of the deposits mainly consist of an iron sulfate corrosion product, along with some sodium and ammonium iron sulfate corrosion products. For deposits that were collected from condenser tube side #1 (XRPD-D) and condenser manway cover (XRPD-F), the highest Rietveld phase analysis of the identified phases (wt%) is an iron sulfate corrosion product. For deposits collected from condenser #4 (XRPD-E), ammonium sulfate is the highest quantitative phase analysis of the identified phases (wt%) obtained from the Rietveld method. Additionally, sodium iron sulfate appears as the minor phase in condenser tube side #1 (XRPD-D) and condenser tube side #1 (XRPD-D), but not in the condenser manway cover (XRPD-F). While iron sulfite is not detected in either condenser tube side #1 (XRPD-D) or condenser manway cover (XRPD-F), it appears in condenser #4 (XRPD-E). Iron sulfate hydroxide is the trace material found in condenser tube side #1 (XRPD-D), and ammonium iron sulfate hydroxide is the trace material found in the condenser manway cover (XRPD-F).

Figure 5(b) depicts the Rietveld phase analysis results of the inorganic deposits buildup in (a) the inside vessel of the inlet head (XRPD-G), (b) the head coiler tube (XRPD-H), (c) the condenser #1 tubes (XRPD-I), (d) the condenser #1 inlet head (XRPD-J), (e) the condenser #4 tubes (XRPD-K), and (f) the condenser steam drum (XRPD-L). The results revealed that the Rietveld phase analysis--wt% for each of the identified phases--showed that the major phases are (a) iron sulfate corrosion product in the form of pyrrhotite ([Fe.sub.7][S.sub.8]) both for the inorganic deposits built up inside the vessel of the inlet head (XRPD-G) and condenser #1 inlet head (XRPD-J), (b) ferrinatrite [[Na.sub.3]Fe[(S[O.sub.4]).sub.3] x 3[H.sub.2]O] both for the inorganic deposits built up in the head coiler tube (XRPD-H) and the condenser #1 tubes (XRPD-I), and (c) ammonium iron sulfate [[(N[H.sub.4]).sub.2][Fe.sub.2][(S[O.sub.4]).sub.3]] for the inorganic deposits built up in #4 tubes (XRPD-K); and iron oxide corrosion products in the form of [Fe.sub.3][O.sub.4] and hematite ([Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3]) for the inorganic deposits built up in the condenser steam drum (XRPD-L). The presence of dissolved oxygen in the boiler feed water is indicated by a high wt% of [Fe.sub.3][O.sub.4] phase appeared in the inorganic deposits built up in the condenser steam drum (XRPD-L).

It can be highlighted that the new method developed by Sitepu, Al-Ghamdi, and Zaidi (2017) [1] worked well in this study to characterize the inorganic deposits built up in the SRU [9] affected equipment such as (a) the condenser tube side #1 (XRPD-D), (b) the condenser #4 (XRPD-E), (c) the condenser manway cover (XRPD-F), (d) the inside vessel of the inlet head (XRPD-G), (e) the head coiler tube (XRPD-H), (f) the condenser #1 tubes (XRPD-I), (g) the condenser #1 inlet head (XRPD-J), (h) the condenser #4 tubes (XRPD-K), and (i) the condenser steam drum (XRPD-L). Knowing which phases quantitatively were involved in the inorganic material buildup in the SRU equipment can guide the engineers at the affected refinery and gas plants to facilitate efficient cleaning of the equipment by drawing up the right procedures and taking preventive action.

4. Conclusions

In this paper, the method developed by Sitepu, Al-Ghamdi, and Zaidi (2017) [1] has been extended to characterize the 12 types of the inorganic deposit built up in (a) a regeneration overhead acid gas condenser, (b) water draw-off pump's suction strainer in a gas plant, and (c) condenser, inside vessels of the inlet head, and head coiler tube of the sulfur recovery unit (SRU). Based on the advanced XRD and Rietveld method results it can be concluded that the inorganic deposits (soluble part) built up in the following:

(i) A regeneration overhead acid gas condenser mainly consists of a corrosion product in the form of iron sulfide, which might be caused by the corrosive action of sulfur or sulfur compounds ([H.sub.2]S) on the iron (steel) and moisture. Additionally, the hydrocarbon (dichloromethane soluble part) contained paraffinic-based hydrocarbons, which suggests the mixture of diesel and lube oil.

(ii) A suction strainer for pumps mainly consisted of carbonate scale calcium carbonate in the form of calcite (CaC[O.sub.3]) suggesting that it is due to the carbonate scale. Moreover, the type of hydrocarbon is either a heavy petroleum material or a certain type of lubricant oil hydrocarbon.

(iii) Equipment of the SRU consisted of iron oxide corrosion products in the steam drum, and iron sulfate corrosion products in the condenser. The presence of dissolved oxygen in the boiler feed water is indicated by a high wt% of iron oxide corrosion product in the form of [Fe.sub.3][O.sub.4], which appeared in the condenser steam drum.

Knowing which phases quantitatively were involved in the inorganic materials built up in the affected equipment is a prerequisite required by engineers at the refinery and gas plants to facilitate efficient cleaning of the equipment by drawing up the right procedures and taking preventive action to stop the generation of those particular sludge deposits.

https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/4121506

Data Availability

The XRD patterns used to support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon request.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank the management of Saudi Aramco for permission to publish this article. Also, the authors would like to thank the help provided by the R&DC/TSD/AAU professionals and technicians.

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Rasha A. Al-Ghamdi (ID) and Husin Sitepu (ID)

Research & Development Center, Saudi Aramco, P.O. Box 62, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence should be addressed to Rasha A. Al-Ghamdi; rasha.ghamdi@aramco.com

Received 6 February 2018; Accepted 24 May 2018; Published 2 September 2018

Academic Editor: Flavio Deflorian

Caption: Figure 1: Rietveld phase analysis results of inorganic materials (insoluble part) [1].

Caption: Figure 2: (a) XRD phase identification results of the inorganic deposits present in the sludge deposits (XRPD- A) along with the identified mineral reference patterns. (b) The wt% of the identified phases obtained from the Rietveld method.

Caption: Figure 3: (a) The FTIR spectra confirmed that the hydrocarbon (dichloromethane soluble part) mainly contained hydrocarbon. (b) The TGA spectra showed that the sample lost around: (a) 22% of its original weight at 100[degrees]C, which represents moisture and volatile hydrocarbons; and (b) 2.6% of its weight from 100[degrees]C to 250[degrees]C representing heavy hydrocarbons.

Caption: Figure 4: The Rietveld phase analysis results (i.e., wt% of the identified phases) of inorganic deposits (insoluble or nonhydrocarbon part) present in the (a) suction strainer for pumps (XRPD-B) and (b) water recycle pump (XRPD-C).

Caption: Figure 5: Rietveld phase analysis results (i.e., wt% of the identified phases) of the inorganic deposit buildup in (a) the condenser tube side #1 (XRPD-D), condenser #4 (XRPD-E), and condenser manway cover (XRPD-F), and (b) the inside vessel of the inlet head (XRPD-G), head coilertube (XRPD-H), condenser #1 tubes (XRPD-I), condenser #1 inlet head (XRPD-J), condenser #4 tubes (XRPD-K), and condenser steam drum (XRPD-L).
Table 1: Summary of the identified phases of the inorganic
materials (i.e., the insoluble part or nonhydrocarbon) separated
from the hydrocarbon (dichloromethane soluble part) of the sludge
deposits, and its nature [1].

The Identified Phases            Nature of the Corrosion and
                                 Scale Products

Magnetite ([Fe.sub.3]            Iron Oxide Corrosion Product:
[O.sub.4])
Lepidocrocite (FeOOH)            (i) At a high temperature
Goethite (FeOOH)                 magnetite corrosion products
Akaganeite (FeOOH)               it will coat the iron/steel to
                                 prevent oxygen to reach
                                 underlying metal. Mostly, at
                                 low temperature, lepidocrocite
                                 formed and with time it
                                 transformed into most stable
                                 goethite. Akaganeite formed in
                                 marine environments.

Gregite ([Fe.sub.3]              Iron Sulfide Corrosion Products:
[S.sub.4])
Pyrite (Fe[S.sub.2])             (i) Pyrophoric iron sulfide
Marcasite (Fe[S.sub.2])          (pyrrhotite-FeS) results from
Mackinawite (Fe[S.sub.0.9])      the corrosive action of sulfur
Pyrrhotite ([Fe.sub.7]           or sulfur compounds
[S.sub.8])                       ([H.sub.2]S) on the iron
                                 (steel) and moisture.

Iron Chloride (Fe[Cl.sub.3])     Chloride corrosion products
Iron Chloride Hydrate
(Fe[Cl.sub.2]-4[H.sub.2]0)

Calcite (CaC[O.sub.3])           Carbonate scale
Aragonite (CaC[O.sub.3])
Siderite (FeC[O.sub.3])

Basanite (CaS[O.sub.4].          Sulfate scale
2[H.sub.2]O)
Anhydrite (CaS[O.sub.4])
Gypsum (CaS[O.sub.4].
2[H.sub.2]O)

Quartz (Si[O.sub.2])             Formation material:
Albite (NaAl[Si.sub.3]           (i) Normally found in the
[O.sub.8])
Microcline (KAl[Si.sub.3]        sandstone or sand
[O.sub.8])
Cristoballite (Si[O.sub.2])

Illite                           Clay minerals normally found
([K.sub..5][(AlFeMg).sub.3]      with sandstone
[(SiAl).sub.4][O.sub.10]
[(OH).sub.2])

Ettringite ([Ca.sub.6]           Cementing material
[Al.sub.2][(S[O.sub.4])
.sub.3][(OH).sub.12])

Barite (BaS[O.sub.4])            Drilling mud

Aluminum Oxide ([Al.sub.2]       Normally from catalyst
[O.sub.3])

Sulfur (S)

Sodium Iron Oxide
(NaFe[O.sub.2])

Table 2: The description of the sludge samples investigated
in this study.

Sample          Sludge Deposits              Use of Sitepu and
                Collected  from              Zaidi (2017) [1]
                                             Method of Sample
                                             Preparation
                                             Procedures

XRPD-A          Regeneration                 The deposits were
                overhead acid gas            treated with
                condenser located at         dichloromethane, and
                the low-pressure gas         then filtered in the
                treating unit.               filtration assembly.
                                             The
                                             (i) insoluble part
                                             (i.e., inorganic
XRPD-B          Water draw off               materials or non-
XRPD-C          pump's suction               hydrocarbon) was
                strainer in a gas            analyzed by advanced
                plant suction                XRD and Rietveld
                strainer for pumps,          method;
                to determine the             (ii) hydrocarbons
                water recycle pump.          (dichloromethane
                                             soluble part) was
                                             analyzed by GCMS.

XRPD-D          Condenser tube side #1       Sulfur type of
XRPD-E          Condenser #4                 deposits were
XRPD-F          Condenser manway cover       directly analyzed by
XRPD-G          Inside vessel of inlet       the advanced XRD and
                head
XRPD-H          Heat coiler tube             Rietveld method
XRPD-I          Condenser #1 tubes           without any pre-
XRPD-J          Condenser #1 inlet head      treatment.
XRPD-K          Condenser #4 tubes
XRPD-L          Condenser steam drum

Sample          Why the Phase
                Compositions are
                Required?

XRPD-A          The results assist
                the field engineers
                to identify the
                cause of the
                accumulated sludge
                deposits and provide
                corrective remedies.

XRPD-B          Knowing which phases
XRPD-C          were involved in the
                deposits can guide
                the field engineers
                and source of
                materials found
                XRPD-C in the
                suction strainer,
                and identify the
                root cause of the
                repetitive pumps
                trips.

XRPD-D          Thick deposits of
XRPD-E          various types of
XRPD-F          mineral scales
XRPD-G          accumulated in the
XRPD-H          SRU process
XRPD-I          equipment can cause
XRPD-J          one of the major
XRPD-K          operational
XRPD-L          problems. The phase
                composition results
                can guide the
                engineers to
                overcome the
                problems by devising
                the right corrective
                procedures.
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Title Annotation:Research Article
Author:Al-Ghamdi, Rasha A.; Sitepu, Husin
Publication:International Journal of Corrosion
Date:Jan 1, 2018
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