May 2017

Process Control and Instrumentation

Recommended practices for fired process heater instrumentation and control

Fired process heaters are one of the most critical pieces of equipment within many refinery and petrochemical facilities. Proper instrumentation and control of the equipment has direct bearing on the successful operation of the process, as well as on overall facility process safety.

Schaffer, C., Burns & McDonnell

Fired process heaters are one of the most critical pieces of equipment within many refinery and petrochemical facilities. Proper instrumentation and control of the equipment has direct bearing on the successful operation of the process, as well as on overall facility process safety. When designing instrumentation and control systems for a new or retrofitted fired process heater in a refinery or petrochemical facility, the design engineer should have a thorough understanding of multiple factors to create a cost-effective design with appropriate robustness for the application. These factors include the nature of the process, the importance of the heater to that process, and the design details

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