March 2016

Heat Transfer

Minimize unplanned shutdowns of fired heater operations

There are many potential “rules,” or guidelines, for the safe operation of process heaters.

Baukal, C., John Zink Co. LLC; Newnham, R., OnQuest Canada ULC; Johnson, B., John Zink Hamworthy Combustion

There are many potential “rules,” or guidelines, for the safe operation of process heaters. American Petroleum Institute (API) STD 5601 and API RP 5352 provide many useful recommendations for operating heaters and burners, respectively. Companies normally develop their own detailed procedures based on API recommendations and their own experiences. These best practices can be summed up in four simple and easy-to-remember rules for operating fired process heaters. These rules are intentionally broad to encompass many of the more detailed procedures that have been developed for a particular heater, and they are especially useful for new operators that are learning the many facets involved with

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