June 1998

Heat Transfer

Revamp fired heaters to increase capacity

Use these guidelines to ensure a successful project

Garg, A., Furnace Improvements Services Inc.

The number of new fired heaters being built is steadily declining in the U.S. Therefore, the major thrust in the last five years is in the area of revamping fired heaters. Plant operators are trying hard to make their operation profitable by extracting maximum capacity from their heaters. Most plant owners are revamping their fired heaters to improve product yield and performance. A typical horizontal tube box fired heater is shown in Fig. 1.  Fig. 1     Horizontal tube box heater.

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