Troubleshooting waste-heat boiler poor heat transfer
Analytical results showed that potash leached from the catalyst, refractory powder, corrosion products and, to a lesser extent, catalyst fines resulted in tube fouling
One of Saudi Aramco's plants encountered a steady process
temperature rise at the waste-heat boiler (E4) outlet of the
hydrogen-producing unit (HPU) after an upset that occurred in
February 2008. The upset initially resulted in unsteady firing
in the steam-reformer furnace and lower reformer outlet
temperature. The feed rate was cut with the intent of bringing
up the reformer outlet temperature. During the upset, the
reformer outlet temperature temporarily increased to 850°C
and the reformer inlet temperature dropped to 320°C. These
temperature upsets did not impose any ill effect on the
reformer performance. The steam-drum level, steam-reformer
inlet and outlet pressures, the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
feed rate and the steam/carbon (S/C) ratio were in an
appropriate range during the upset.
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