April 2016

Environment and Safety

Innovative design configurations for flare system reliability

The function of a flare system in a refinery or chemical plant is to collect gases released during an overpressure scenario, typically resulting from a plant upset.

Suares, D. A. G., Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd.

The function of a flare system in a refinery or chemical plant is to collect gases released during an overpressure scenario, typically resulting from a plant upset. The flare is intended to completely burn these gases to prevent damage to the environment or endangering human health. If a flare system is unavailable or must be temporarily shut down, this can lead to total plant shutdown and result in significant financial losses. Proper design, operation and monitoring of a flare system is of the utmost importance. The design and performance of a flare depend largely on the skill and experience of a flare designer. Rigorous analysis of flare network hydraulics and the overall performance (in

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