Digital Twin for FCC Unit in a refinery

Nikhil Chauhan

Chief Growth Officer and President at

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Nikhil Chauhan, the Chief Growth Officer and President of Americas at Algo8 AI. He drives company strategy, builds key relationships, and identifies new market opportunities. With experience as Chief Strategy Officer at Lummus Digital and a background in corporate strategy at KBR, Nikhil is a thought leader and international speaker. Holding an MBA from Rice University and a chemical engineering degree from IIT Delhi, he combines academic excellence with real-world expertise. Nikhil shared actionable insights at the Oil & Gas Digital Twin Conference 2023, and in this blog, we explore his impactful presentations that delve deep into the conference’s key takeaways.

In the world of refinery operations, a remarkable transformation is underway through the application of Digital Twin technology to Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) units. Nikhil Chauhan emphasizes that creating a digital replica of an entire FCC unit, capturing every detail and process, is a game-changer. This digital twin acts like a virtual twin, letting us simulate different situations and predict outcomes without any real-world risks. It’s like having a smart counterpart that understands what’s happening and can suggest the best actions to take.

Bringing together Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the basic principles of how FCC units work, as Nikhil Chauhan highlights, leads to even more exciting advancements. By using AI algorithms and combining them with our knowledge of how the unit functions, we can detect problems early, predict product quality, and even anticipate when maintenance is needed. Nikhil Chauhan’s perspective reinforces that this approach helps prevent issues, maintain high product quality, and avoid unexpected shutdowns. With the collaboration of these technologies, as Nikhil Chauhan underscores, refinery operations are entering a new era where decisions are smarter, quality is better controlled, and resources are used wisely. The fusion of technology and industry, as Nikhil Chauhan stresses, is paving the way for a more efficient, profitable, and sustainable future in refinery operations
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