Petroleum Chemistry

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 264–273 | Cite as

Progress in Technology and Catalysts for Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor Type Slurry Phase Polyethylene Processes

  • Dengfei Wang
  • Guoxing Yang
  • Feng Guo
  • Jian Wang
  • Yanfeng Jiang


High-density polyethylene (HDPE) have been widely used as materials of hollow molded articles, extrusion molded articles, films and sheets. The properties of HDPE vary depending on its application fields and processing methods thereof. Approximately 50 million tons of HDPE are produced annually around the worldwide by slurry phase processes. In this paper, the status of slurry phase polyethylene processes in China is briefly introduced. Two of the most important licensers of continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) type slurry phase polyethylene processes, namely, Hostalen (Licensed by Basell), CX (Licensed by Mitsui), with a dual- or three-reactor are reviewed. The merits and demerits of the examined polyethylene production technologies are discussed in detail. Catalyst is a key of polyolefin technology. It does have an extremely close relationship with the performance of polyethylene. The characteristics and disadvantages of different catalysts for the two processes are summarized for comparison, including the PZ and RZ catalysts of Mitsui, the BCH and BCE catalysts of Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Industry, the TH series catalysts of Basell. Some advices on the development and application of HDPE catalysts for the slurry process are proposed.


polyethylene CX process Hostalen process slurry phase process catalysts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dengfei Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Guoxing Yang
    • 2
    • 3
  • Feng Guo
    • 2
  • Jian Wang
    • 1
  • Yanfeng Jiang
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringNortheast Petroleum UniversityDaqing City, Heilongjiang ProvinceChina
  2. 2.PetroChina Daqing Petrochemical Research Center of Petrochemical Research InstituteDaqing City, Heilongjiang ProvinceChina
  3. 3.MIIT Key Laboratory of Critical Materials Technology for New Energy Conversion and Storage, State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment, School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringHarbin Institute of TechnologyHaerbin City, Heilongjiang ProvinceChina

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