November 2007

Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

Thermal oxidizers aid in pollution control

Choosing the correct media bed can help lower emissions and operating costs

Sims, P., Koch Knight LLc

Regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTOs) and other types of thermal oxidation systems have proven to be a highly effective and energy-efficient method for abating volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other pollutants emitted by industrial plants. However, particulate matter in the emission stream can be a particularly vexing problem that results in the media beds becoming fouled and plugged. Therefore, careful attention should be given to selecting the shape and material of the heat exchange media. This will mitigate potential problems with particulate matter and ensure reliable, economical and safe operation of thermal oxidation systems. Regenerative thermal oxidation. Thermal oxidizers are

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