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You have reached the website of Soluble Solutions. Soluble Solutions is the consulting business of Irwin (Dr. Irv) Wiehe, centered on solving fouling problems in petroleum refining and on improving the conversion of heavy oils and petroleum resids. In addition... more.
Assistant Professor In Chemical Engineering and Material Science
Senior Scientist and Area Manager
Senior Research Associate and Project Leader
Exxon Corporate Research
Position In Soluble Solutions
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
University of Cincinnati
About | Soluble Solutions
Since December, 1998 Irv Wiehe has been President of Soluble Solutions, a consulting company in the fields of petroleum fouling mitigation and in petroleum resid conversion.
Over the years, Irv Wiehe has invented, developed, and applied a series of tools that enabled him to diagnose, to treat, and to cure refinery fouling and coking problems. These have been applied to petroleum refineries all over the world and to nearly every unit within the refinery. An example tool is the Oil Compatibility Model that enables predicting when the blending of oils precipitate solid asphaltenes. This led to his discovery that the mixing of crude oils can often precipitate asphaltenes to foul pre-heat exchangers and coke furnace tubes and that even the order of blending is important. Now, opportunity crudes can be purchased and scheduled on the basis of minimum fouling. For this research and application to the mitigation of refinery fouling, Irv received Exxon's Golden Tiger Award for customer service. Irv has had rotational assignments for two years at the Exxon Research and Development Labs in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and for one year in Exxon Engineering in Florham Park, New Jersey. Almost daily, Irv was contacted as a consultant for Exxon employees in supply, in refining, in production, and in petrochemicals. In 1977 Irv joined Exxon Corporate Research in Linden (later moved to Annandale), New Jersey and immediately began research on the upgrading chemistry and phase behavior of heavy oils. In his 21+ years at Exxon Irv has solved many problems as a result of elucidating the complex phenomena involving the characterization, phase behavior, and thermal chemistry of petroleum macromolecules. Irv's work spans the gamut from basic research to direct refinery applications. He is at home working on a new theory with chemists and physicists one day and advising refinery engineers and operators of better operating conditions the next day. He has devised new processes for resid conversion and for recovering tar sands bitumen and new methods to mitigate fouling by petroleum in production, in transportation, and in refining. Irv developed the foremost model of resid thermal conversion with a phase separation step for coke formation. This led to step-out increases in resid thermal conversion and hydroconversion by increasing the solvency of petroleum macromolecules. For this work Irv received an Exxon Incentive award from the Chairman of Exxon Corp. for outstanding achievement. Later Irv received this award a second time for his Pendant-Core Building Block Model of petroleum macromolecules and his Solvent-Resid Phase Diagram. These enabled Irv to generalize complex phenomena into simple terms that led to new ways to combine resid conversion and separation processes. At Irv's retirement from Exxon he was a Senior Research Associate and Program Leader. Irv is very active in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the American Chemical Society (ACS). Irv chaired the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division of AIChE (2001-2) after serving six years in various officer positions. At National AIChE Meetings Irv frequently presents papers, has chaired sessions each year since 1993, created and chaired the first International Conference on Refinery Processes (12 sessions) in 1998, and the first and third International Conferences on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling (14 sessions) in 1999 and 2002. In 2007, Irv was elected an AIChE Fellow and received the Distinguised Service Award by the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division of AIChE. Irv has chaired seven sessions at National ACS Meetings and presented over 20 papers. Irv received his BS degree from the University of Cincinnati, his MS degree from Virginia Tech, and his DSc from Washington University (St. Louis), all in chemical engineering. He was Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering and Material Science at the University of Rochester where he did research in solution thermodynamics and polymer engineering. Irv then moved on to Xerox Corp. in Webster, New York where he rose to Senior Scientist and Manager of the Material Processing Area while continuing his research interest in polymer engineering. At that time, Irv devised the Two-Dimensional Solubility Parameter Model for selecting solvents for polymers, including mixtures of liquids that individually are nonsolvents. This enabled Irv to devise unique solvent processes that were commercialized to produce Xerox's first organic photoreceptor (imaging component of a copier) and polymer encapsulated color toner (dry ink).
Resid Conversion | Soluble Solutions
For more background on what Soluble Solutions and Irv Wiehe offers in Resid Conversion please read the following tutorial on the subject.
2. Wiehe, I.A.,Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 31, 530 (1992). 3. Wiehe, I.A., Liang, K.S., Fluid Phase Equilibria, 117, 201 (1996) and Fuel Sci. & Tech. Int'l, 14, 289 (1996). 8. Wiehe, I. A., ACS Div. Pet. Chem. Meeting, Chicago (1995). 9. Olmstead, W. N., Freund, H., AIChE Spring National Meeting, New Orleans, 1998. 10. Wiehe, I.A., Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 32, 2447 (1993). 12. Wiehe, I. A., ACS Div. Pet. Chem. Meeting, San Francisco (1997). 13. Ellis, P. J. and Paul, C.A., AIChE, International Conference on Refinery Processes, Preprints, ed. I.A.Wiehe, 151 (1998). 14. Hammond, D.G., AIChE, International Conference on Refinery Processes, Preprints, ed. I.A.Wiehe, 170 (1998). 15. Nowlan, V.J. and Srinivasan, N.S., Fuel Sci. & Tech. Int'l, 14, 41 (1996). 16. Bearden, R. and Aldridge, C.L., US Patent 4,134,825 (1979) and ACS Div. Pet. Chem. Meeting, ACS Award in Petroleum Chemistry Address, San Francisco (1997). 17. Barnes, P.H., AIChE, International Conference on Refinery Processes, Preprints, ed. I.A.Wiehe, 227 (1998).
Dr. Irv Wiehe of Soluble Solutions has recommended both increased testing for compatibility as well as transporting crudes that are compatible with both light oils and heavy oils in between shipments of the latter two.
Dr. Irv Wiehe, a Fellow of AIChE, is president of Soluble Solutions and author of the book, Process Chemistry of Petroleum Macromolecules.
He has 37 years experience in the petroleum industry, 22 years at Exxon Corporate Research. As a consultant Irv has taught 38 short courses for 31 institutions in 15 countries and 4 continents. Today, refinery fouling by insoluble asphaltenes is the most understood, most controllable type of fouling only because of Irvs Oil Compatibility Tests and Model. In addition, Irv has done pioneering research in solving other causes of refinery fouling and in improving resid conversion processes.
AIChE Chicago 2006 Symposium
Dr. Irv Wiehe (Soluble Solutions), Bipin Vora (UOP), and Dennis O'Brien (Jacobs Consultancy) BACK
Irv Wiehe Irwin (Irv) Wiehe has been president of Soluble Solutions, a consulting company specializing in petroleum processing, since 1998. Irv has a PhD in chemical engineering from Washington University (St. Louis) and worked at Exxon Corporate Research for 22 years after holding positions at Xerox and the University of Rochester. His special interests are in the processing of resids and heavy oils and in the solving of refinery fouling problems. Irv is known for unique general concepts, such as the Oil Compatibility Model, the Phase-Separation Kinetic Model for Coke Formation, the Pendant-Core Building Block Model of Resids, and the Solvent-Resid Phase Diagram. In addition, Irv is the founder of the International Conference on Refinery Processing for AIChE and of the International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling.