February 2011

Gas Processing Developments

Avoid these risks concerning combustion control in fired heaters

Tuneable diode laser analyzers offer diagnostic benefits

Jenkins, R., Servomex

Fired heaters are integral to hydrocarbon processing (HP). Specifically designed for the reaction of fuel and air to produce extremely high gas temperatures, heaters transfer this energy to potentially flammable process fluids via heat exchangers. They consume large quantities of fuel, produce large quantities of emissions, and are a potential safety hazard to personnel and the plant. However, they are irreplaceable within hydrocarbon processing—so they warrant the highest levels of understanding and care in their operation and control. Recent improvements to reduce NOx emissions require closer process monitoring, as newer burners often operate under narrower process control conditions

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