November 2002

Misc

Thermal oxidizing systems

Test your knowledge to improve your refinery’s safety and reliability

A challenging assignment for refinery engineers is selecting the proper thermal equipment to destroy organic vapors. Combining various possible treatment options with different vent stream conditions creates numerous choices to evaluate. Various system types that are currently available have both benefits and drawbacks. A temperature or oxygen reading that may be normal in a flameless system may lead to burner instabilities and significant down time in a flamed device. Premixed combustion systems, which are superior to flamed systems in both destruction efficiency and operating cost, can pose a greater explosion risk if sa

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