October 2015

Heat Transfer

Rethink specifications for fired heaters

Fired heaters are essential and important major pieces of equipment in a process plant.

Malhotra, K., S & B Engineers and Constructors Ltd.

Fired heaters are essential and important major pieces of equipment in a process plant. Specifying fired heaters with correct requirements results in a reliable and safe heater design, fewer operational issues, longer run lengths and extended heater life. Fired heaters are used to heat process fluids from the given values of initial temperature and pressure to certain higher specified values based on the process requirements. Apart from the process duty requirements, other design parameters discussed here are either good design practices or lessons learned from past experiences. API 560 provides general guidelines on the heater design; however, the significance of some key parameters is mo

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