February 2014

Inspection and Reliability

Inspect steam reformers and catalyst tubes with infrared thermography

Infrared thermography is a useful inspection tool to help locate problems in steam reformers while the units are online and fired. There are three main areas in a reformer that can be efficiently insp..

James, S., Thermal Diagnostics

Infrared thermography is a useful inspection tool to help locate problems in steam reformers while the units are online and fired. There are three main areas in a reformer that can be efficiently inspected with thermography. While there are common and codified inspection and diagnostic practices used in the industry today, some of these practices are unknowingly wrong and may have a large impact on the data collected over the years. Before explaining how thermographers can inspect steam reformers, it is necessary to address what these units are, along with their main purpose in chemical and petrochemical plants. Steam reformer furnaces are used for hydrogen production. A hydrocarbon feeds

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