Measurement and Testing

4 ways to effectively monitor total chlorine in liquid hydrocarbons

Apr 19 2018 Read 1902 Times

Author: Kyle Kuwitzky, Senior Product Manager, and Leslie Johnson, Applications Scientist - XOS on behalf of X Ray Optical Systems (XOS)

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Chlorine in crude oil, if not removed, can hydrolyze during processing to form hydrochloric acid. The crude oil desalter is the first line of defense in the prevention of corrosion, but in order to provide a proper defense, an effective chloride monitoring solution must be implemented.

In this paper, we will discuss the most popular Clora benchtop and online procedures utilised by petroleum laboratories around the world to measure total chlorine for corrosion mitigation:

  • organic chlorides by ASTM D4929
  • total chlorine by modified ASTM D7536 with Accuflow
  • online chlorine analysis in crude oil and petroleum process streams
  • organic and inorganic chlorides using water extraction

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