Heat Transfer

Alfa Laval to supply heat exchangers to China refinery

LUND, Sweden -- Alfa Laval has won an order to supply compact heat exchangers to a refinery in China. The order has a value of approximately SEK 210 MM. It is booked in the Welded Heat Exchangers unit of the Energy Division, with deliveries scheduled for 2018.

Improve energy efficiency with enhanced bundles in tubular heat exchangers

Müller, A., Kropp, A., Köster, R., BAYERNOIL Raffineriegesellschaft mbH; Fazzini, M., Koch Heat Transfer Co. LP

From 2008 to date, 45 twisted tube heat exchangers and bundles have been installed at BAYERNOIL refineries in different units and services, allowing higher heat recovery and contributing to BAYERNOIL’s energy targets.

Recommended practices for fired process heater instrumentation and control

Schaffer, C., Burns & McDonnell

Fired process heaters are one of the most critical pieces of equipment within many refinery and petrochemical facilities. Proper instrumentation and control of the equipment has direct bearing on the successful operation of the process, as well as on overall facility process safety.

A deeper examination of thermal expansion issues in process equipment and piping

Tharakan, J., Suncor Energy Products

Piping and process equipment that operate at high temperatures experience thermal expansion. If free thermal expansion is restrained, mechanical stresses are created within the component.

IR camera technology provides new perspective on furnace inspection routines

Boccella, M., FLIR Systems, Inc.

A few years ago, managers at a US-based oil refinery called in an expert to inspect their oil furnaces with an infrared (IR) camera.

Key design considerations for vacuum process condensers

Lines, J., Graham Corp.

The crude oil refining and petrochemical industries make extensive use of condensers that operate under vacuum (i.e., below atmospheric pressure). Distillation is the most common process using these condensers, either as a process precondenser ahead of an ejector system, or as an intercondenser within an ejector system.

Enerfab to provide heat transfer equipment services

Enerfab is expanding its overall service offering to include heat transfer equipment services formerly provided by American Power Services.

Project Management: Global trends in energy savings: Are emerging technologies the solution?

Hutton, D., KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.; Gómez-Prado, J., KBC Process Technology Ltd.

Despite low energy prices, energy conservation continues to be an important component of business strategy in the oil refining and chemical industries.

HTRI acquires SmartPM fouling management software and services

HTRI, a provider of research, software and services to the thermal process industries, has acquired SmartPM from IHS Markit, a business information provider.

Review of the CSB report on the 2010 Tesoro refinery fire

McGovern, S. J., PetroTech Consultants

On April 2, 2010, a catastrophic fire occurred within the naphtha hydrotreating unit in the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington. The final CSB report, including recommendations, was issued in May 2014, more than four years after the incident that resulted in the tragic loss of seven lives. This work critically reviews the CSB analysis of this incident and several of its resulting recommendations.