February 2013

Heat Transfer 2013 Supplement

Improve the performance of your existing steam system

This discussion tracks a material flow through the steam system, starting with feed and continuing with steam generation, steam uses and, finally, condensate recovery.

Pelham, R. O., Merrick & Co.

Refinery and petrochemical plant engineering staffs must understand complex-wide steam systems, and they should seek to improve the performance of these systems. Here, the adaptation of existing facilities in response to process changes in the refinery or petrochemical complex is examined. Pursuant to the January 2013 article, “Improve your plant-wide steam network,” this article is concerned with improving the performance of existing steam equipment. Several articles1–3 have been written over the years regarding ways to improve steam systems. These articles have mainly focused on specific elements or “pieces” of the total system, and they touch on the timeless

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