March 2011

Special Report: Corrosion Control

Updates on improving refractory lining service life

Tips help maintenance and operations care and maintain refractory products in high-temperature operations

Maity, M., SABIC Technology Centre

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) utilizes high-temperature conditions and relies on the performance of refractory lining for various furnaces and vessels. The total installed cost of refractories in HPI facilities is negligible compared to the total cost of the entire complex. However, refractory lining is very important and it plays a critical role in the total performance, profitability and reliable operation of the plant. There are several instances of refractory lining non-performances and premature failures resulted in unplanned emergency shutdown. We will discuss common problems and failures encountered in HPI facilities and some remedial measures to follow. Background. I

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